If you’ve recently moved to Houston, you may be wondering how utilities work in your new home. Here’s a list of tips for setting up utilities:
Texas is unique in offering deregulated electricity services. In most regions around the country, there is one electric utility that owns and operates the infrastructure that delivers electricity to your home. In Houston, one company (Centerpoint Energy) owns the infrastructure, but there are a variety of companies that you may purchase service through. Visit http://www.powertochoose.com/ or http://www.houstonconsumerchoice.com/ to view your options and choose what’s best for you.
Centerpoint Energy is Houston’s main gas provider. Visit their website here: http://www.centerpointenergy.com/en-us/
For most Houstonians, Water Service will be managed through the City of Houston. However, if you live in one of the smaller towns or cities (such as Bellaire, or the City of West University) in the Houston Metro area, it may be offered by those localities. To contact the City of Houston and set-up your Water Service, visit http://www.publicworks.houstontx.gov or call 713-371-1400. If you live outside of the City of Houston, your water services will be dictated by your MUD district. Check with your Realtor for more information.
Check with your Realtor, Landlord, or Property Manager regarding garbage pick-up. Many neighborhoods and homeowners associations contract with private garbage pick-up to serve the homes under their jurisdiction. However, many cities and towns within the Houston Metro area contract garbage pick-up through their local city or town. If your garbage pick-up is serviced by the city of Houston, you can find your trash pickup schedule here: http://www.houstontx.gov/solidwaste/service_schedules.html and call 311 if you need trash cans or recycle bins delivered.
Other Helpful Moving Tips:
Change your locks (many homeowners associations do this for a free or discounted rate)
File an address change with the USPS for mail forwarding
Update the address on your driver’s license
Remember that if you have a community mailbox, you can visit the USPS to have it rekeyed
Welcome to Houston!