Category Archives: Your Plans and Choices

Refer Your Friends & Get Rewarded with First Choice Power!

Refer Your Friends & Get Rewarded with First Choice Power! There are plenty of nice things you can do for your friends. You can pet sit, cook them dinner, run errands for them – and now you can help pay their electricity bills AND yours with First Choice Power! When you refer a friend to First Choice Power through our Refer-a-Friend program,  you’ll get $5 off your bill for every month up to 36 months. On top of that, your friend will get up to $60 in bill credits to help pay their first bill – just for signing up!

With each friend you refer, you can earn up to $180 in bill credits over those 36 months, with no limit as to how many friends you can refer or bill credits you can earn. Refer your friends and get big rewards. You’ll  find your unique Referral ID on the top of the 1st page of your monthly bill, under your account number. It’s all set up – so you can start referring today!

We’re proud of the services we provide at First Choice Power – especially our great Texas electricity plans. We want you to get excited about giving our name out to the friends and family in your life. With our no-limit referral program and perks like bill credits, everybody wins! For more information on our Refer-A-Friend program and answers to frequently asked questions, visit our website here.

Plan Spotlight: Price Advantage 24

shutterstock_152114678When it comes to electricity, Texas residents may not be aware that they have the power to choose which energy company they use in their home. And while it can be a bit overwhelming to find the right fit, if you are looking for a true Texas electricity provider, look no further than First Choice Power. First Choice Power has ties to a 70-year heritage of serving Texans and we’re one of the largest Texas electricity companies in the state. We are committed to serving our customers as well as our Texas communities.

First Choice Power has many energy plans to choose from ranging from fixed-rate plans to variable-rate (month-to-month) plans. This month, however, we’re spotlighting our Price Advantage 24. This plan is perfect for people who want long-term stability without having to worry about fluctuating energy prices. When you sign up for Price Advantage 24, you’re locking in a competitive electricity rate for 2 whole years. This plan reduces the stress of tracking rates that can fluctuate month-to-month (depending on the market), and it also protects customers from rising energy costs through two hot Texas summers.

Once you sign up and have peace of mind knowing you’ve fixed your rate for 24 months, you will enjoy  our online account management. With just a click of the mouse, you can view detailed usage, set up automatic payments, sign up for paperless e-bill statements, and more.

In addition to low rates and great online account management, we think it’s important to give back to our customers, which is why we established the “Refer-A-Friend” referral program. Through this program, we reward our customers for any folks they refer to us. For every new First Choice Power customer you refer, you can receive up to a $5 credit on your bill every month for up to 36 months. So just by having one friend sign up, you can earn up to $180 of bill credits! And with there being no limit on the number of bill credits you can earn, think about how much money you can save! For any questions see our Refer-a-Friend FAQ’s.

Visit our Price Advantage 24 plan page or call Customer Service at 1-855-534-3881 to sign up or to learn more about this plan. For information on all other electricity plans, visit our electricity plans page.

Don’t waste any more time and sign up today!

Moving to Texas from Out of State? 7 Tips for Signing up for New Service

Moving to Texas from Out of State? 7 Tips for Signing up for New ServiceWith a booming job market and low cost of living, it’s no wonder why people are flocking to the Lone Star State. Whether you are moving to a big city or quaint small town, Texas has a lot to offer. Moving to a new state brings a sense of excitement; however it brings a lot of stress too.

One of those stressors is disconnecting and signing up for new home services and utilities. It can be quite a juggling act balancing disconnecting your current utilities and signing up for utilities in your new home. To help with that stress, here are 7 helpful tips for signing up for new service when moving from out of state.

  1. Call at least two to four weeks in advance to disconnect and connect new services. Some companies need up to 10 days to get services set up and up to two weeks’ notice to be disconnected.
  2. Research utility companies before committing to one to get the best deal. For example, ElectricityChoiceTexas.com is a great resource to compare Texas energy companies.
  3. When signing up for new utilities, be aware that many Texas electricity companies offer incentives for first time customers. So be sure to ask about any incentives before signing up to get the best deal.
  4. Be prepared to fill out an application and possibly have a credit check done and pay a deposit. If you have good credit and a deposit is still required, use your negotiation skills to try to reduce the deposit amount.
  5. When connecting new utilities, put your spouse or any other adult(s) living with you on the account. This way he/she could talk to them if you are ever unavailable.
  6. When disconnecting your current utilities, be sure to provide your old company your new service address so that they know where to send your final bill.
  7. When arranging for new utilities to be turned on, have them scheduled to be turned on the day before or the day of when you are expected to arrive in your new home. That way you will have water, electricity and gas connected when you get there.

Disconnecting utilities in one state and connecting them in another can be a pain to coordinate. So keep a spreadsheet or a notepad with the following info to keep everything straight: 1) Account numbers for each company, 2) Customer Service numbers, and 3) The days when each utility will be shut off, connected, or transferred. Also include information regarding when and if you might receive some sort of refund or returned deposit from your old company

Welcome to Texas! We hope you enjoy living in the Lone Star State!

Switch to First Choice Power Today and Receive a $150 Visa Gift Card

Switch to First Choice Power Today and Receive a $150 Visa Gift CardAt First Choice Power, we take pride in taking care of our fellow Texans. We deliver competitive rates on electricity and quality customer service with a flair and dedication that residents of the Lone Star State expect and deserve.

That’s why we’re excited to deliver a fantastic new promotion to the electricity customers across Texas. For a limited time, everyone who signs up with First Choice Power on the Price Advantage 12 plan will earn a $150 Visa gift card. Not sure if you’re eligible? Well, let’s check it out:

  • Are you currently with another Texas Retail Electricity Provider (REP), and it’s time to renew your plan with them? You can switch to us today!
  • Are you currently a First Choice Power customer on a fixed-rate plan? If it’s time to renew your current plan, you should renew with the Price Advantage 12!
  • Are you currently a First Choice Power customer on a month-to-month plan? You should call 1-855-534-3881 today and switch to this plan today! You won’t even pay a switching fee!

That’s right – just about everyone living in the deregulated parts of Texas (80-85% of the state) is eligible for this $150 reward. So, what are you waiting for? Choose the Price Advantage 12 plan today, and we’ll send you the $150 Visa gift card within 4-6 weeks after you pay your first 3 consecutive bills on-time.

To learn more about the Price Advantage 12 plan, visit our electricity plans page or call Customer Service at 1-855-534-3881. If you want to choose this plan today, you can sign up right now!

You’re welcome, Texas!

Combat the Cold Winters and Warm Summers by Choosing Free Power Saturdays Now

shutterstock_58461355That power outage North Texas experienced in December because of harsh winter weather has some consumers worrying about the chance of rolling blackouts in the summer. This is especially true when you consider the high prices that come with ultra-high demand for summertime, as usage during the work week can drive wholesale prices up to an insane $30/kWh.

Thankfully, you can do something right now that could help prevent that sort of thing from happening months from now.

What if you and your neighbors signed up for an electricity plan that let you shift all your energy-hungry tasks to a day in the week when most office buildings, industries, schools or other institutions are also closed? The price of electricity would be lowest, right?

Let’s say this day of the week would be Saturday. You could wash laundry and dry it all day long. You could vacuum and steam clean your carpets. You could bake cookies with your kids. Get some heavy-duty house repairs out of the way and later relax in hot, steamy tub. Sounds like a lot of usage, right?

According to the Department of Energy, if you use all these for just an hour, that’s 9.9kWh. If we assume a ¢10/kWh, that adds up to ¢99 for one hour of energy use. It’s much better than $30/kWh, but after in a month of Saturdays, that adds up. And there’s also your other appliances – like your all-important air conditioner and refrigerator that are running at the same time too. Even if you’re an average Texas consumer using 1,168 KWh/month, a typical Saturday bill could be $5.00; $20 for a month of Saturdays.

But what if Saturdays were FREE?

Not only could you save money by time-shifting your cleaning chores to a no-charge day, but you and your neighbors reduce the need to run those appliances during the week. This helps reduce high-energy demand throughout the ERCOT grid and reduces the threat of rolling blackouts that inconvenience everyone.

By signing up with one of First Choice Power’s Free Power Saturdays Price Protection Plan™ or Free Power Saturdays E-Plan™ for 12 or 24 months, you can not only enjoy a fixed low-rate plan but also get free electricity every Saturday. There’s also and added discount of 0.5¢/KWh when you sign up for e-billing and automatic payments. All you need is an AMS Smart Meter installed at your home to enjoy low rates, free electricity, and help keep Texas bright.

In 2014, why not make managing your home electricity usage more effectively one of your New Year’s Resolutions? You can with First Choice Power!

Save Money Doing 3 Big Chores with Your Free Power Saturdays

Save Money Doing 3 Big Chores With Your Free Power SaturdayNo one really likes to do household chores. Unfortunately, there’s three big jobs that most home owners know they should do a few times each year.

Wash and dry bulky items. Specifically, we’re talking about pillows, comforters, heavy drapes, jeans, and (especially now) winter coats. Drying time alone on any of these items can take up to an hour or more.

Steam cleaning the home. There are times when our carpets and area rugs need special attention, but steam cleaners can eat up to 1,000 watts, which includes heating the hot water heater energy.

Pressure wash outside. The exterior of our home gets dirtier than we realize including, the decks, siding, outdoor rugs, and vehicles. A 14 amp pressure washer used for an hour will eat up 1.5 kWh and if you have a lot to clean, that energy use can add up fast.

All of these are big cleaning jobs that can greatly increase your energy usage. Luckily, the Free Power Saturdays Price Protection Plan from First Choice Power takes cost out of the equation. Just how much is that? For example, if you use 2,000 kWh/month at 10.1¢/kWh (based on CenterPoint price), the electricity use portion of your bill would normally be about $202. That breaks down to about $6.52/day. So, subtract four free Saturdays and you can save $26.08!

After a month of free power Saturdays, go celebrate the savings with your family.

photo from MorgueFile.com

Turn On a Friend

First Choice Power customers are the kind of folks who are always there to help out a friend. And, as grandma liked to say, one good turn deserves another.

You already like First Choice Power. When you spread the word, you’ll love the rewards. Now introducing our new Turn On a Friend referral program. When you turn a friend on to First Choice Power, you’ll earn rewards that just keep on giving —for up to 3 years! And every friend who signs up will get a $60 prepaid VISA® card they can use for whatever they like.

Here’s how it works

For every new “Turn On a Friend” referral program customer you refer, you can receive up to a $5 credit on your bill every month for up to 36 months. That means you can earn up to $180 for each friend you refer! That’s three times the reward of other electric programs, and you don’t have to pay a fee to participate!

And, with no limit on the number of bill credits you can earn, big referrals mean big rewards.

You can start referring your friends today. Your Referral ID is already on your monthly bill. Find your Referral ID on top of the 1st page directly under your account number. This is the number you will give to your friends when they sign up.

Login and get started today or have your friend call (866) 469-2464 with your Referral ID!

Check out “Turn On a Friend” referral program for more information on our Refer-a-Friend program!

 

UPDATE: 8/12/2013 – The Refer-a-Friend program has been changed. To review the changes, please visit this “Turn On a Friend” referral program.

Texas Invoicing Update

Due to a recent system upgrade, some customers in Texas may receive delayed monthly bills. We have been working hard to correct the error for those customers who have been impacted. If you have not already received your bills for the past months usage, you should be receiving them soon.

We are always prepared to work with our customers and have options available for bill payment arrangement due to the close timing of the invoices. Please call us on 1-855-291-5741 to discuss ways in which we can help you with available payment options.

We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused and we thank you for being a First Choice Power customer.

O(Power) Boy!

You might think you’re using energy efficiently, but how can you really tell? You could do an energy audit and find ways to cut back. But imagine if you could get on Facebook to compare your energy usage to your friends’ usage, or to homes that are the same size as yours. What if you and your friends could try as a team to reduce your energy usage, and maybe even compete against other teams in a “biggest loser”-style competition?

A new company called Opower is making all of these things possible. Created with the assistance of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Facebook, the tool will let users sync their real-time electricity usage data so it can be compared to that of their friends, neighbors, and similar users. It will also provide home usage reports and customized reminders, tips and tricks for reducing usage. The beta version of the Opower app launched in April, and First Choice Power will be added as a partner later this year.

Would you want to see how your home energy usage compares to your friends’ usage? Tell us in the comments below. And don’t forget to subscribe to The Current for information on everything from energy apps to saving electricity.

Thanks Flickr user tedeytan

And our $10,000 TOAF Winner is…

Earlier this week Jesus Salazar attended a First Choice Power customer party along with his wife, Maria, and his daughter, Brianna. He thought he was just coming in for some food and a party. Turns out he was coming in to be surprised that he was the grand prize winner of our 2011 Turn on a Friend program, for having the highest number of customer referrals to the company in 2011!

Jesus works in the oil field. He wasn’t supposed to be off today but he got let off early last night. Andrhea Rivera, one of our local office representatives in Mission, kicked the party off thanking all the customers there who had referred new customers to us. She asked Jesus why he does it? And he responded that First Choice Power saved him money and he wants to pass that on to his friends and family. Andrhea called him up to the front of the room saying: “Did you know you referred the most people in 2011?” And then we brought out the $10,000 big check.

“Thank you. I’m speechless,” Maria said.

When asked what they are going to do with their $10,000, Jesus replied “We’re going to Home Depot.” The family was planning to do some upgrades on their home, including new flooring and new windows, to further save on their electric bills. Congratulations, Jesus- enjoy your cash prize!

Click on the link below to check out the video from the event, and remember, the next winner could be you.

2011 Turn on a Friend Winner: Jesus Salazar