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Corpus Christi, Texas, began as a small trading post in 1839. Six years later, General Zachary Taylor set up camp there in preparation for the Spanish-American War. Today, Corpus Christi has the eighth-largest population in Texas with over 316,000 residents.

The city boasts the prestigious Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, where Senator John McCain first went through flight training and former President George H. W. Bush received his Aviator wings. The military is one of Corpus Christi's three largest industries, alongside the petrochemical industry and a boisterous tourism industry. Tourism, alone, accounts for $1 billion annual income for the Corpus Christi region, which means that it accounts for more than one out of every 10 non-agricultural jobs.  

The city covers over 460 square miles, about two-thirds of which is water, and it has over 113 miles of Gulf Coast beaches. You could spot 2004 Olympic gold medalist Paul Foerster sailing off the coast of one of those beaches, as he hails from the Corpus Christi area. The Velocity Games are held annually on Memorial Day weekend, including the U.S. Open Windsurfing Regatta and the U.S. Open Kiteboarding Championships.

The lowdown on retail electric providers in Corpus Christi

With a number of retail electric companies servicing Corpus Christi, Texas, to choose from, make sure you compare electricity rates to find a plan that fits your household needs.

Did you know that Texans spend an average of $1,801 on electricity per household each year? That's among the highest in the U.S, but it's comparable to what other states with subtropical climates spend on energy costs, too. Air conditioning accounts for approximately 18% of residential energy costs in Texas.

It's not all about the air conditioning, though. Electric providers in Corpus Christi also supply power for your water heater, electronics, appliances, lighting and space heating when the temperature dips. There are many different factors contributing to your total energy costs, and everything increases for each additional member of your household!

The city of Corpus Christi voted for a "Green City" program in 2009 that established energy conservation goals for the community and incorporated a public outreach campaign to raise awareness about energy conservation. Corpus Christi received a $2.8 million Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to assist in their efforts.

There are simple things you can do to help lower your energy costs, such as replacing your incandescent light bulbs with CFL or LED bulbs and replacing old appliances with new ENERGY STAR-rated appliances. Remember that each additional electronic device you add to your household—whether it's an iPad, an additional TV, a smartphone, or a video gaming system—has to be charged in an electrical outlet, too. So be sure to compare electricity rates when researching Corpus Christi retail electric providers for your family's home.

Average temperature and energy use in Corpus Christi, Texas

Average annual temperature can say a lot, but you should pay attention to the season extremes when comparing plans from electricity providers. In Corpus Christi, the average temperature is 72°F, with an average annual high of 81.5°F and an average annual low of 63°F. January generally has the coldest temperatures, while the months of June, July, August and September have average highs in the 90s.

Those hot summer months mean you're probably running your air conditioner all the time. This is one good reason why you want to shop around for the retail electricity company in Corpus Christi that best fits your needs.

Manage your electricity budget with a fixed-rate plan

What do retail electricity providers in Corpus Christi include in their bills? Electric suppliers in Corpus Christi, Texas, include the cost of energy, your utility’s transmission and distribution charges, and any recurring monthly fees and taxes in your bill. Some retail energy companies also charge other fees, so it's a good idea to ask about these before you make any decisions. It’s not easy to select an electric provider. Corpus Christi has plenty to choose from, and StarTex Power, Constellation’s brand in Texas, has a reputation for not only competitive retail energy rates, but also stellar customer service.

What are my plan options with retail electric providers servicing Corpus Christi? StarTex Power, named the top-ranked Most Trusted Texas retail electric provider from Cogent Reports, offers both a variable plan and a fixed-rate plan. With a fixed-rate plan, you pay a fixed rate per unit of energy every month for the life of your contract. What does that mean? That means that you have the choice to lock in a single, fixed rate per unit of energy you use so you always know exactly what to expect of your rate on your monthly bill. The variable plan allows for a fluctuating rate without locking into a contract term.  

Can I manage my StarTex Power account online? You bet! The StarTex Power MyAccount portal allows you to easily view your account and usage history, pay your bills, set up auto pay and more. This is one of the ways in which StarTex Power strives to be one of the most convenient retail electricity providers servicing Corpus Christi.

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