The hunt for a good residential rate is confusing because the act of selling electricity is often a masquerade of deceptive sales copy and missing price elements that should be in the rate.

The pole and wires charges are often pointed at as the real culprit of higher prices by the MLM sales newbies in some of the network marketing groups out there.

I have talked to multiple people that think because they signed up with a network sales electricity service company they will not have to worry about the pole and wire charges.

Don’t believe the numerous confusing aspects of taking your nose off the trail of the lowest price for energy.

In reality pole and wire charges are the same with each electric provider as they come from the same company, Oncor.

The electric companies must pass these charges on to their customers as is and they don’t have a say in the matter.

Since each electric company does their billing a little different a sales guy can show you a bill next to a different companies bill and make it seem like one company doesn’t charge these pole charges while the other one does.

A helpful tip to knock through all this confusion is to look on each bill for something that says, “the average price you paid for electricity this month is”

That rate that follows this sentence will be the all-in total rate you paid and believe me it includes the pole charges.

Our widget on this site averages in all fees and charges and shows you what your all-in rate will look like so you can easily compare prices to know your getting a good rate.

Our widget was developed so that if you know the all-in rate that someone else has offered you it will be easy to compare with the prices on this site.

If your rate quoted to you appears 2 – 3 cents cheaper than the prices on our widget than beware as you may have been had. It could be that they did not average in the “customer fee” or perhaps they also left off the TDSP charges also known as pole charges.

In summary, we hope this article has helped you in your search for a good Tyler electric rate. Use our widget by entering your zipcode and see what kind of savings are out there today.


thermoelectricOk so I’m not exactly coming out of the closet when I admit that I like Science Fiction. I grew up reading the likes of Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, C.S. Lewis and innumerable others.

Unfortunately I’m probably not nearly nerd enough to fully grasp all the concepts they introduce but I can usually grasp them well enough to enjoy the books.

What can I say; I’m a humanities guy, not math and science.  Science fiction has suggested a lot of different mythical power sources over the years; dilithium crystals, crystallic fusion, star light sails, spice excreted from giant worms that swim through desert sands… Books and movies have concocted quite a number of different ideas each more far- fetched than the last.

The fact is even the “near future” forms of alternative energy seem a long way off. Solar has been remarkably unsuccessful as a reliable form; the same is true of wind power. If I seem somewhat dismissive of alternative forms of energy I must plead guilty.

Ultimately, it seems to me, that the only really reliable forms of energy we’re likely to see within our lifetimes are already here, fossil fuels and nuclear power.

But a Japanese tech company is attempting to tap a new and unused source, one that has only been hit upon in the movies, human power.

Fujifilm is close to producing a “thermoelectric conversion material” that can be worn on one’s person. As I understand it, small temperature changes are turned into energy, which in turn can be either stored in some kind of battery device, or used to power cell phones, tablets or other small devices.

If you’re getting a sort of Borg / Matrix vibe here you’re not alone. And since energy can be neither created nor destroyed, it’s not too hard to imagine some new kind of energetic socialism in which the more fit amongst us are forced to carry a greater load of the energy production due to their physical condition.

“From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs…” right? Of course, at this point I’d not be too concerned with the emergence of a new form cyber- energy slavery.

No one is actually envisioning strapping thermoelectric material to a permanent energy proletariat as a means of providing power to the rest of society. At most we’re talking about a new means of powering our personal electronics.  And all societal speculation aside, this is not a half bad idea.

I don’t know that it would really bring down the price of energy or anything, but it could be convenient in the absence of an outlet. Just so long as I don’t have to get on a treadmill to power my television or run in a wheel to power my air conditioning, both of which seem counterproductive to me.


Commercial Electric Rates, Mystery Solved

September 13, 2012

A big stumbling block to shopping for an affordable commercial electric rate is getting to the point where you can trust a company to lead you down a path to a good provider that really does offer a cheap rate and quality service. When we speak of quality service we do not mean the quality […]

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Are You Paying 6.25 % Texas State Sales Tax on Your Residential Electric Bill?

September 7, 2012

Did you know if you are a residential electric service customer you are not required to pay 6.25 % states sales tax that a few providers have been caught trying to charge their customers in the past? Where do you think this erroneous charge goes when the provider takes it from you? That’s right, it […]

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Consider Hidden Fees and Charges When Choosing Electric Companies

August 16, 2010

When shopping and comparing electricity rates in Tyler Texas it is important to consider hidden fees and charges. Some electric companies advertising in Tyler TX leave off common charges all providers have to pass through called TDSP charges. Although these charges come from a separate company known as the poles and wires utility company they […]

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