Lantern’s founder, Elisa Kaplan, started her energy career in 1994 as a programmer for an energy software firm. She was responsible for creating a library of utility rates that allowed users to recalculate their bills and compare the results to what they were actually charged. This library offered electricity, natural gas and water/sewer rates from the smallest municipalities to the largest investor owned electric companies throughout the United States. The creation of this library resulted in an extraordinary understanding of how companies charge their customers. This evolved into a utility bill auditing service that successfully recovered millions of dollars in overcharges. The deregulation of the Texas electricity market in 2002 enabled additional savings recommendations to her many clients.
Elisa has always delivered the information her clients need to make informed decisions. She has been published in industry journals, interviewed by The Wall Street Journal and on National Public Radio, and has spoken at numerous town hall meetings to encourage legislation for corporate accountability. She remains accessible and engaged with her clients, via electricity brokering services.
Lantern Power is a registered aggregator with the Public Utility Commission of Texas, #80320.
If we don’t save you money, we don’t get paid!
It costs you NOTHING to have an industry expert find the BEST OFFER for YOU! It can be tedious and time consuming to evaluate the numbers and read all the fine print. Lantern Power takes the guesswork out of the equation. The result is an offer you can feel great about!
There are over 50 retail electric providers competing for your home and business in the Texas electricity market. Whether you are located in Houston or Dallas, Cypress, Spring or Tomball, or ANY of the deregulated areas throughout Texas, Lantern evaluates hundreds of offers to find the lowest cost available for your home and business. Our report is free and if you accept our recommendation, the power company of your choice will pay us a finder’s fee!
Homeowners: There is so much more to comparing offers than looking at the average cost per kilowatt hour when exactly 500, 1,000 or 2,000 is used. The Public Utility Commission of Texas requires electric companies to provide these averages in their Electricity Facts Labels, but there are ways to manipulate the results to cause an offer to rank better on powertochoose than when the actual rate is applied to your actual usage. Lantern takes the time to request your usage history, then runs the numbers to find the rate that’s best for YOU and YOUR electricity use!
Business Owners: When an electricity broker requests pricing for your business, the results are better than if you call yourself because electric providers know we are evaluating many offers and that we understand the fine print.
No! The company responsible for keeping your power up and running will not change. The quality of your electric service will not change. Power restoration after storms and other disruptions remain the responsibility of your wires company, which does not change.
Retail Electric Providers purchase electricity from power plants, then re-sell that power to their customers. They may offer other value-added services.
Two companies provide electric service to your facility: the Retail Electric Provider and the wires company (also known as the Transmission and Distribution Service Provider, or the Transmission and Distribution Utility, or the utility company). In Houston, it is known as CenterPoint Energy. When their charges have not been included in the price quoted to you by the Retail Electric Provider, there will be extra line items on your bill.
Some of the charges on your bill are still regulated, with prices approved and monitored by the Public Utility Commission. These regulated charges are assessed by the company that owns the wires and reads your meter each month. The wires company charges are non-negotiable and will be the same no matter which electric supplier you choose.
The quality of power delivery to your location depends on your wires company, and that company remains unchanged.
Changing electricity suppliers has no impact on the reliability of your service. The wires company is responsible for the quality of your electric service and this company will continue to maintain that infrastructure.
If you do have a power outage, it won’t come back on any faster whether you have switched providers or not. The local wires company is still responsible for the maintenance and repair of your electric service. You will still call them in the event of an emergency or outage at the number provided on your bill.
In today’s world of rising energy prices and global concerns for the environment and sustainability, there’s never been a better time to get a handle on your energy usage and cost. The old adage “what gets measured gets managed” is very true, and your first step towards energy efficiency and cost savings is to simply track your bills. GreenQuest, your personal energy information website, does that and much more!
Start by entering your electric, natural gas, and water bills. From there,
GreenQuest does all the work! You’ll see how you compare with other similar users in your area, spot costly utility bill errors, get an accurate carbon footprint… even learn how much of an impact the weather has on your electric and fuel consumption. As GreenQuest brings your utility bill data to life, don’t be surprised if a few money and environment-saving ideas sprout up!
Lantern is dedicated to helping people conserve energy, save money, and sustain a clean environment. We encourage you to start using GreenQuest today and see firsthand how your energy use measures up and, more importantly, how your efforts to conserve really do pay off.