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ULTIMATE Guide to Boulder Utilities 💡 | Xcel Energy Electric & Gas, Water, Internet Providers & More

Moving to Boulder, Colorado, changing neighborhoods, or buying a house in the city? About two weeks before of your move, it’s time to give some thought to setting up utilities. You’ll want to start this process early to make sure you at least have electricity and water on moving day!

The good news is setting up utilities is easy, and you can look forward to an average Boulder utility bill of $101, below the national average. Here’s a complete guide to Boulder utilities including how to start or transfer service, internet service providers in Boulder, trash collection, and more.

Boulder Water Department | City of Boulder Water Utilities

The City of Boulder Public Works is the Boulder utility for water, wastewater, and stormwater. You can use the customer portal to submit the Service Turn On/Off request online.

Boulder Utility Billing & Payments

Boulder utility payment is due within 10 days of receiving your utility bill. Your billing date is based on the area of the city and when your meter is read.

Boulder water is charged in five blocks. Block 1 offers the lowest rates to encourage water conservation. The rate structure is based on water budgets with your household water budget depending on past usage and your water needs. Current Boulder Colorado water rates:

  • Block 1: $4.22/1,000 gallons (0-60% of monthly water budget)
  • Block 2: $5.63/1,000 gallons (61-100% of water budget)
  • Block 3: $11.26/1,000 gallons (101-150% of water budget)
  • Block 4: $16,88/1,000 gallons (151-200% of water budget)
  • Block 5: $28.13/1,000 gallons (201% or more of water budget)

You can use the MyBoulderUtilityBill portal to turn on/turn off water service, change tenant or owner information, view water usage history, set up text payments and auto payments, and pay your Boulder water bill.

There are several ways to pay your Boulder water bill:

  • Online through MyBoulderUtilityBill
  • By mail: City of Boulder Utility Billing Office, P.O. Box 734774, Dallas, TX 75373-4774
  • By phone: 888-601-3012
  • By text message (after setting up through MyBoulderUtilityBill portal)
  • Drop-off at the Utility Billing drop box at the north side of the Municipal Building at 1777 Broadway in Boulder

City of Boulder Water Dept Contact

Xcel Energy | Boulder Electricity & Natural Gas Provider

Xcel Energy is the Boulder Colorado electric utility and natural gas provider. The Minnesota-based utility holding company serves 2.1 million natural gas customers and 3.7 million electric customers in Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.

Transfer or Start Xcel Energy Service

You can transfer or start electric service online by clicking here. You can choose from several pricing plans:

  • Standard residential pricing
  • Time of Use pricing to save money by shifting electricity use to off-peak hours
  • Opt-out pricing as an alternative to Time of Use to pay the same for energy no matter how much is used or when

You can learn about Xcel Energy rates here.

Xcel Energy offers savings for customers with solar panels including credit for excess energy. Incentives are offered for electric vehicle owners.

Xcel Energy Bill Pay

You can use your Xcel Energy login to view billing details and pay your bill. You can also make your Xcel Energy payment and view your bill through the Xcel mobile app.

Here are the ways to pay your Xcel Energy bill:

  • Online through your Xcel account
  • Bank Pay using MyCheckFree
  • Kubra EZPay ($1.50 fee) to pay with a debit/credit card, Google Pay, or Apple Pay
  • Enroll in Auto Pay through your online account or the mobile app
  • Call 800-895-4999 to pay by phone using the Xcel Energy “pay my bill” option ($1.50 fee)
  • Pay in person with cash or money order at a Pay Station ($1.50 fee)
  • Pay by mail by sending your payment and bill stub to Xcel Energy, P.O. Box 9477, Minneapolis, MN 55484-9477


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Xcel Energy Customer Service & Contact Info

Xcel Energy Boulder office: 2655 N 63rd St, Boulder, CO 80301
Customer service: 800-895-4999 (Monday to Friday, 7 am to 7 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm)
Xcel bill payment address: Xcel Energy, P.O. Box 9477, Minneapolis, MN 55484-9477

Boulder Municipalization Attempts

For more than a decade, Boulder has made attempts to municipalize and establish a city-run electric utility with a goal of 100% renewables by 2030. Boulder municipalization efforts were paused in 2021 when Boulder and Xcel Energy entered into a 20-year franchise agreement. Boulder was previously an Xcel franchisee until voters chose to let the franchise lapse in 2011. The same year, voters passed measures to authorize Boulder to form a utility. The city has failed in its efforts, in part, because forming a city-owned utility would require a takeover of Xcel’s power lines and poles.

The new deal with Xcel Energy does give the city several options to opt out of an agreement and resume Boulder municipalization efforts. If Xcel does not make sufficient progress toward its pledge to lower carbon emissions 80% by 2030, voters can vote to end the Xcel Energy franchise in 2023, 2025, and 2028. The franchise can also be ended by a vote without reason in 2026, 2031, and 2036.

Boulder Trash Service & Boulder Recycling Options

Boulder, CO does not provide municipal trash collection. The city does have requirements that property owners must meet under the Universal Zero Waste Ordinance. Property owners must provide sufficient trash collection, composting, and recycling services to occupants and tenants. Businesses must separate compostables and recyclables from trash with proper receptacles and signs.

The City of Boulder and Boulder County have a pay-as-you-throw or PAYT ordinance to reduce waste. This pricing policy means waste disposal pricing is based on volume. Recycling and compost are usually included with the trash rate.

The following companies provide residential Boulder trash pickup and/or recycling.

Western Disposal Services

  • Residential recycling, compostables, and trash collection
  • (303) 444-2037

Most Boulder residents use Western waste management services. Western Disposal provides wheeled waste carts with weekly trash collection and biweekly recyclables/compostables collection.

Along with regular trash collection, Western Disposal Services offers bulky item collection and extra trash charged by the 32-gallon unit which can be charged to your bill.

One Way, Inc

  • Residential recycling, compostables, and trash pickup
  • (303) 823-0556

One Way offers curbside Boulder trash collection and single stream recycling options. Weekly trash pickup is based on your address with bulk item collection available.

Green Girl Recycling

  • Residential recycling collection
  • (303) 442-7535

Green Girl Recycling provides residential Boulder recycling collection starting at $35. The company can provide recycling containers or use your own. They pick up recyclables sorted into containers that weigh no more than 40 pounds with flexible collection services that can be scheduled to fit your needs. Note that they only serve unincorporated areas of Boulder County for residents living outside the city limits.

Boulder Recycling Centers

In addition to recycling and trash collection, you can take advantage of several Boulder recycling center options with drop-off services. There are two main Boulder recycling centers.

Boulder County Recycling Center

Residents can drop off recyclables 24/7 at the public drop-off center. Across the parking lot is the Hazardous Materials Management Facility for items like latex paint.

Boulder County Recycling Center, 1901 63rd St, Boulder, CO 80301 (720) 564-2220

Eco-Cycle’s CHaRM (Center for Hard to Recycle Materials)

CHaRM Recycling in Boulder accepts hard-to-recycle items with a facility fee of $3 for drop-offs aside from scrap metal plus additional item fees. Learn about CHaRM recycling Boulder guidelines and what items are accepted.

Eco-Cycle CHaRM: Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials, 6400 Arapahoe Rd, Boulder, CO 80303 (303) 444-6634

Boulder Internet Providers

There are two main internet providers in Boulder CO: Comcast and CenturyLink. Residents generally prefer CenturyLink, although it isn’t available in all areas of the city. You will usually get faster speeds and slightly lower prices with CenturyLink and higher reported reliability.


  • Speeds up to 940 Mbps
  • DSL and Fiber internet
  • Unlimited data
  • Starts at $50/month
  • No annual contracts

Xfinity by Comcast

  • Speeds up to 300/600/1200 Mbps
  • Cable internet
  • Reduced speeds after 20 GB
  • Starts at $40/month

Now that you know how to set up Boulder utilities and who to call, you’re ready for moving day! The next important item on your to-do list is making sure you have the moving help you need. Give us a call at Wasatch Moving Company for a free, affordable moving quote from our 5-star Boulder, CO movers!


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