Forwarding Mail

To schedule a change of address, simply go to or pick up a change of address form from your local United States Post Office.

Electricity and Gas

CenterPoint Energy is the regulated utility in the Houston area and owns and maintains the electricity delivery system. It is also the primary provider of natural gas in the Houston area. For information, visit
However, Houstonians have the power to buy their electricity from several companies. Retail Electric Providers (REPs) compete to sell electricity to homes and businesses and may offer lower prices, renewable energy options, added customer services and other offers. Before settling on a supplier, follow the three C’s: Contact, Compare, and Choose. Be sure to allow several days for the ordering process so electricity can be connected before the move-in date. If you are establishing service for a new home
or building, a permit or inspection may be required. Visit to compare prices.

Water and Sewer

Water, sewer and drainage services are typically provided by the public works department of each city or municipal utility district (MUD), which are divisions of the State of Texas. There are a number of districts in Houston and services vary. Contact your city of residence or homeowners’ association for detailed information.  In the City of Houston, call 713-371-1400.

Trash Pickup and Recycling

Most Houston area municipalities provide trash pickup. Call the Solid Waste Management Department or your homeowner’s association to find out which day trash is collected in your area and what fees to expect. Curbside recycling is offered in most neighborhoods and drop-off recycling centers are located throughout the area. For information about Houston’s Curbside Automated Recycling Program and a Recycling Calendar, visit

Telephone, Cable and Internet Service

The Houston and surrounding areas have five area codes – 713, 832, 346, 936, and 281. All ten digits are required when making phone calls. Help stop telemarketing calls by calling 1-888-382-1222 or by visiting
There are several providers offering satellite and cable television services, as well as high-speed Internet. Ask about bundled services, special promotional rates and discounts for newcomers.