How do I set up my utilities?

Posted on January 20, 2011

You are responsible for turning on your own utilities. Gotta have them, or no tv, no shower, yuck! Here’s how to get your utilities hooked up  before moving in…

Unless your lease SPECIFICALLY says that we handle a particular utility for you, then you must set up all of them. With the exception of some bedroom leases, all our tenants are responsible for electricity, cable/internet, and, unless you are listed in the City of Bloomington Utilities section below, water. Note, not all homes have gas service. If you try to call Vectren and they have no previous service for your address, then you likely don’t have gas heat. When in doubt, just send us a note.

Below are the primary providers that you will need to contact to set up your utilities. Please do it early, because they get rather busy during the August turnover time.

City of Bloomington Utilities handles water and sewer for most of our apartments. In most, but not all, cases you will need to set up your water and sewer through them. 812.349.3930. You can also signup online in many cases. You can go in person to start service at 600 E. Miller Sr. (corner of Miller & Henderson), make sure you take your drivers license.

Tenants will be billed by Elkins Apartments for water and do not need to call for water hook-up at the following addresses: 340-349 S. Grant St., 109 S. Park Ridge A-I, 820 N Dunn Apt A- D, 7545 Fairfax #1-3, 7600 & 1⁄2 Fairfax 7620 S. Fairfax Rd #1-4 7650 Fairfax #1-4

Duke Energy provides electric service for many of our units. You will need to contact them to establish new service and for any problems with your electricity. 1-800-521-2232, call at least 2 weeks before move-in to get service set up, or signup for Duke Energy online.

Vectren provides natural gas service to many of our apartments. If your home or apartment uses gas furnaces or heat, you will need to establish an account with Vectren. 1-800-227-1376. Handle your request at least 2 weeks in advance. You may also signup for Vectren gas service online in many cases. The following homes have gas service:

Elkins Apartments Homes Needing Gas Utilities. Please double check with us if you believe an address to be in error.
107 E Dixie
115 E Dixie
317 S Mitchell
400 Swain (not unit C)
406 E 12th
420 N Fess (A-D)
422 N Fess
500 N Prow
501 S Fess
502 S Washington
504 S Washington*
*(2 gas and 2 electric meters)
503 N Fess
(except #2)
504 E 9th
515 E 14th
517 E 14th
526 N Prow
537, 539, 541 S Lincoln
606 S Park
610 E Atwater
708 E 9th
716 E 11th (A&B)
716 E 2nd
718 E 11th
816 N Grant
918-924 W Graham
1019 E 14th
1021 N Indiana
1106 N Dunn
1111 N Indiana
1119 N Lincoln
1506 W 11th
2001 E Atwater
2519 S Rockport

Comcast provides television and high-speed internet services. You should contact them if you are interested in receiving either cable tv or high-speed internet in your new home or apartment. or call 1-800-COMCAST (1-800-266-2278).  AT&T, Smithville Telephone, and many other providers also provide television, phone, and internet services in the Bloomington, Indiana area.

City of Bloomington Sanitation (trash removal)- or call 812-349-3443. Make sure you know when you trash pick-up day is, and the rules and regulations for putting trash and recyclable at the curb.

If you have roommates, please coordinate who is handling utility connections. You don’t want to be messing with each other and multiple attempts to set up various utilities.

Note bene: Almost all Elkins Apartments units are stand-alone homes, townhomes, and apartments, for which you are responsible for contacting the electric, water, and in some cases, gas, companies and making sure you have power, water, and gas when you move in. If you are not sure, or have not been told specifically otherwise, then YES, you need to set yours up. Just do it. Coming in to the office in August and stomping your foot that you don’t have AC because you don’t have power, or don’t have water, or can’t take a hot shower, yada yada yada—won’t help anyone. There is no magic utility wand we can wave, got it? Turn it on. Take care of it. Power, water, and in some cases gas. Gotta have ’em.