Are the High Rates Charged By Texas Energy Companies Worth the Free Electricity on Nights or Weekends?
Can a company say something is free when it’s not? Can a company put the word free in the title of a product even when customers have to pay?
Or worse, can a company selling this product with the word free in the title actually charge the highest rates around?
That’s what’s happening now, according to some critics, with revolutionary new plans for free electricity on nights or weekends offered by TXU Energy and competitor Reliant Energy.
Some people tell The Watchdog they’re confused.
Check this out: TXU Free Nights promises free electricity every day from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. But what about the rest of the time? A residential customer gets slammed with an outrageous 18 cents per kilowatt-hour rate, about double what anybody else would pay on a normal price plan offered by most companies.
TXU Free Weekends promises free electricity for 48 hours beginning at midnight Friday. But during the week, expect to pay 19 cents per kwh. Holy moly! It’s free, but it’s expensive when it’s not.