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Texas electricity ratepayers could benefit from price compare websites

While some parts of the country are enjoying their first fall weather, Texas is still suffering from triple-digit heat that is keeping residents in doors and their thermostats set low. Across the state, homeowners are still dealing with seasonal electricity bills that are markedly higher than other months of the year.

However, thanks to energy deregulation laws in Texas, customers of the state's many retail energy providers can switch suppliers at anytime to find a rate to better fit their energy needs. This, The Dallas Morning News reports, has given way for websites to spring up that allow residents to compare energy plans side by side, making it easier than ever to understand the switching process.

According to the news source, both residential and business electricity customers can use the resources to compare rates from a number of suppliers, which has the potential to save those who switch as much as 30 percent on the monthly electricity bills.

What's more, these sites often help customers who want to make the switch to renewable energy. Some energy plans even offer 100 percent green energy options, which are growing in popularity as more residents show interest in small-scale wind and solar energy.