Whether properties include some or all utilities in the monthly rent varies from property to property. Review what’s included before you sign the lease.Some properties have a service used to split utility costs between roommates. There are several online services that can help roommates keep track of utility expenses. Some services have a one-time setup fee, or a monthly service charge, so budget for that as well.

Power

If your lease does not include power, set up electricity through Alabama Power. They can provide a 12-month average of the power bill at a particular address. To request information, call their Residential Customer Service line at 1-800-245-2244 and choose to speak to billing (M-F 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. CST).

Alabama Power also provides energy efficiency tips to save energy with cooking, seasonal tips, appliances and more.

Gas

If your home has gas heating or appliances, set up an account through Spire Energy (formerly Alagasco).

Water

Some properties require residents establish water service in their name through the City of Tuscaloosa.