In Dallas, you have the freedom to select an electricity provider that works best for your home or business - not the other way around. The state of Texas is one of 19 states that enjoy energy deregulation, which gives consumers different options for receiving their electricity. This makes providers compete for your business, giving the entire industry the boost it needs to provide the best service to its chosen customers.

With Spark Energy, you get competitive electricity and natural gas plans from a proven company you can trust. By choosing Spark, you’re choosing to support a company that has been working in the energy capital of the world for close to 30 years. We pride ourselves on customer service, community support, and providing you with savings on your electricity bill.

But don’t just take our word for it! Here’s a closer look at the best electricity plans that you can get when living in Dallas:

Choice 12

Lock in the same rate for 12 months with no base fee! With Choice 12, your energy charge is 4.0 cents per kilowatt-hour. With no monthly base charge and no minimum usage fee, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that your bill will directly reflect your usage. The price for 2000 kilowatt hours is just 7.9 cents! This plan is best for residents who won’t be leaving their homes in Dallas anytime soon.

Choice 6

Similar to Choice 12, Choice 6 gives you the opportunity to lock in your rate for 6 months without a base fee. With market rates constantly fluctuating, wouldn’t it be nice to know just how much your energy bill will be each month? Choice 6 requires a monthly energy charge of 3.2 cents per kilowatt hour, but no minimum usage fee or monthly base charge. Enjoy rates as low as 7.1 cents per 2000 kilowatt-hours! This plan is best for Dallas residents who may be looking for a new home within the year.

Prepare and Protect 12

The Prepare and Protect 12 plan is great for those who want to give while they receive - sign up today to receive a free solar-powered lantern for yourself as well as one to donate by Spark on your behalf to an area in need! Lock in your rate, as low as 9.3 cents per 2000 kilowatt-hours, for 12 months of uninterrupted energy. With Prepare and Protect, you incur a monthly usage charge of $8.99, but without a monthly base charge and monthly energy charges as low as 5.4 cents/kWh, what’s not to love?



Legitimate mystery shopping opportunities are out there, but so are plenty of scams. If an opportunity is on the up and up, you won't have to pay an application fee or deposit a check and wire money on to someone else.

What is Mystery Shopping?

Some retailers hire companies to evaluate the quality of service in their stores; they often use mystery shoppers to get the information. They instruct a mystery shopper to make a particular purchase in a store or restaurant, and then report on the experience. Typically, the shopper is reimbursed and can keep the product or service. Sometimes the shopper receives a small payment, as well.

Many professionals in the field consider mystery shopping a part-time activity, at best. And, they add, opportunities generally are posted online by marketing research or merchandising companies.

Don’t Pay to Be a Mystery Shopper

Dishonest promoters use newspaper ads and emails to create the impression that mystery shopping jobs are a gateway to a high-paying job with reputable companies. They often create websites where you can “register” to become a mystery shopper, but first you have to pay a fee — for information about a certification program, a directory of mystery shopping companies, or a guarantee of a mystery shopping job.

It's unnecessary to pay anyone to get into the mystery shopper business. The certification offered is almost always worthless. A list of companies that hire mystery shoppers is available for free, and legitimate mystery shopper jobs are listed on the internet for free. If you try to get a refund from the promoters, you will be out of luck. Either the business won’t return your phone calls, or if it does, it’s to try another pitch.

Don’t Wire Money

You may have heard about people who are “hired” to be mystery shoppers, and told that their first assignment is to evaluate a money transfer service, like Western Union or MoneyGram. The shopper receives a check with instructions to deposit it in a personal bank account, withdraw the amount in cash, and wire it to a third party. The check is a fake.

By law, banks must make the funds from deposited checks available within days, but uncovering a fake check can take weeks. It may seem that the check has cleared and that the money has posted to the account, but when the check turns out to be a fake, the person who deposited the check and wired the money will be responsible for paying back the bank.

It’s never a good idea to deposit a check from someone you don’t know and then wire money back.

Tips for Finding Legitimate Mystery Shopping Jobs

Becoming a mystery shopper for a legitimate company doesn’t cost anything. Here’s how you can do it:

Research mystery shopping. Check libraries, bookstores, or online sites for tips on how to find legitimate companies hiring mystery shoppers, as well as how to do the job effectively.

Search the internet for reviews and comments about mystery shopping companies that are accepting applications online. Dig deeper. Shills may be paid to post positive reviews.

Remember that legitimate companies don’t charge people to work for them – they pay people to work for them.

Never wire money as part of a mystery shopping assignment.

You can visit the Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) website at to search a database of mystery shopper assignments and learn how to apply for them. The MSPA offers certification programs for a fee, but you don't need "certification" to look – or apply – for assignments in its database.

In the meantime, don't do business with mystery shopping promoters who:

Advertise for mystery shoppers in a newspaper’s ‘help wanted’ section or by email.

Require that you pay for “certification.”

Guarantee a job as a mystery shopper.

Charge a fee for access to mystery shopping opportunities.

Sell directories of companies that hire mystery shoppers.

Ask you to deposit a check and wire some or all of the money to someone.

If you think you’ve seen a mystery shopping scam, file a complaint with:

The Federal Trade Commission

Your state Attorney General