Electricity with no deposit, no credit check and no hassle

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Just like prepaid phone service, prepaying for your electricity is quick, convenient and keeps you in control. The Reliant Pay as you Go plan is the perfect way to get the electricity you need, without the hassle of a long-term contract, usage requirements or even a credit check.

Why Pay as you Go?


Pay as you Go Electricity


Traditional Plans

ID required




Credit check




Long-term contract








Simple to start. Easy to stay connected.

Power today
Choose how much electricity you want to purchase ($50 minimum)1

Pay your way
Use the Reliant app, pay online or even at a store location

Balance alerts
We’ll let you know via text if your prepaid balance is getting low


Auto reload
Never worry about having enough funds in your account

Reliant app
Monitor your usage and budget, replenish your funds

Barcode payments
Pay in a flash with cash and a barcode at an authorized barcode retailer.2


Less hassle doesn’t mean you pay more

Choose the Reliant Pay as you Go plan, and you can get power at a price that’s comparable with traditional plan rates. Plus, you’ll enjoy all the benefits offered to more than a million Reliant customers across Texas.

Learn more about managing and reloading your Pay as you Go account.


Take control with the Reliant app

The Reliant app has the account management essentials you need and is your gateway to 24/7 customer support. Easily managing your Pay as you Go account is just the beginning.

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Terms, conditions and other restrictions

1Requests processed after 5:00 p.m. Central Time will be connected the next business day. Same-day service is offered Monday through Saturday, weather permitting, where an existing meter is in place. No connections on holidays. Enrollment and permit requirements must be met before a request can be processed. Additional charges apply.

2By accepting or using this barcode to make a payment, you agree to the full terms and conditions, available at pay.vanilladirect.com/Terms. After successful payment using this barcode, you may retrieve your full detailed e-receipt at pay.vanilladirect.com/ereceipt.

The Reliant Pay as you Go plan requires customers to have a provisioned smart meter and make payment prior to electricity use. You must make an initial payment of at least $50 and maintain a balance of greater than $5.00 to avoid interruption of service. Connection charges vary based on where you live. A credit check may be required if you attempt to enroll in any other Reliant post-pay plan. The price can change to reflect actual price changes that are allowed by Public Utility Commission rules due to changes in law or regulatory charges. 

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