Utilities

It is always a surprise to see how many utilities and infrastructure-type resources are needed to support modern life in the US. Hardware stores, car rentals, storage facilities, furniture warehouses, lumberyards, grocery stores and on and on. Utilities are the public and private institutions that provide the core support resources in the form of energy (natural gas, propane and electricity), water, sewer, trash removal, communication, internet, telephone and television services to your home.
An image of overhead utilities, power lines and towers at sunset
Electrical utility towers and lines
Utilities are life supporting, “mission critical” parts of your home so it is important to know who provides these, who to contact in event of a failure, and where they are connected to your home. It is also important to know how to disconnect these if needed in an emergency. Included in the following pages are descriptions of each type utility service, example photos of each, and where to find and control them in your home.
Image a natural gas utilities meter analog dial face
Natural Gas Meter

To-Do

  • Make a list of the utilities along with their location in the home, how to shut them off and on, and the emergency contact information for each provider.
  • Properly label each utility shut off at the location.
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