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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Appleton

If you've moved and have questions about Appleton? Our complete guide to utilities in Appleton will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Appleton water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Appleton.

About Appleton, Oxfordshire

Appleton OX13 has a population of 915 and is located in the county of Oxfordshire. Oxfordshire has a population of 687,466 people.

Who supplies my water in Appleton?

Appleton water services are provided by Thames Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Thames Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Appleton

Calling a phone number for Thames Water is just one method of contact to discuss your Appleton water account.

Below, you can find the principal phone numbers for Thames Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Thames Water telephone number Thames Water Emergency telephone number
0800 980 8800 0800 714 614
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to Thames Water

You can also get in touch with Thames Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Thames Water website.

If you prefer to send a letter to Thames Water can do so by writing to the Thames Water address below:

Thames Water Address
Thames Water Customer Services, PO Box 234
Swindon
SN38 3TW

Customers that would rather email Thames Water, you can use the email address below:

Thames Water Email Address
customer.feedback@thameswater.co.uk

Price of water in Appleton

Water bill in Appleton

Water rates in Appleton depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Appleton water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Appleton water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Appleton

Customers that have a water meter at their Appleton home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Thames Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Appleton home.

Unmetered Customers in Appleton

Customers without a meter at their Appleton home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Appleton home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Appleton is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Appleton water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and are unlikey to have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Appleton might work out cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Appleton?

The average water bill Appleton residents are being charged is £19.33 monthly, which works out at £232 annually.

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How do I pay my Appleton water bill?

You will first need to register with Thames Water. Once you've registered an account with Thames Water, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method, such as:

  • Direct Debit
  • Online payments
  • Pay over the phone
  • Bank transfer
  • Payment by cheque
  • Payment card

You should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Appleton bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Thames Water account, you will be able to choose how often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Appleton?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Appleton OX13, your water supplier is Thames Water.

Since April 2017, business water customers have been able to switch water suppliers. You can find out if your business is eligible in our guide to switching water suppliers.

Appleton Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered some common questions that customers in Appleton have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Appleton

Is tap water in Appleton safe to drink?

Yes! It's safe to drink the tap water in Appleton. You can rest assured that Appleton water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Appleton water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, meaning that your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Appleton water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Appleton come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Appleton:

  • Surface sources - 93%
  • Groundwater sources - 6%
  • Mixed sources - 1%

How hard is the water in Appleton

While rainwater itself is relatively soft, water hardness can change through the water cycle. As rainwater filters through rocks, it picks up minerals, such as magnesium and calcium. The more minerals the water picks up, the harder is your water considered.

The water hardness rating in Appleton is more than 276ppm, that means the water hardness in Appleton is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Appleton contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. very hard water means your home appliances are less effective and may increase your bills, your soap and shampoo will also be less effective. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

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You should add a water softener to the water in Appleton.

  1. Baths, sinks, and toilets - Use an acidic sanitiser regularly (available in local shops) to clean susceptible surfaces in order to clear limescale deposits.
  2. Kettles - Don't completely fill your kettle with water. You can clean your kettle by half-filling and diluting two tablespoons of white vinegar, leaving it for four hours in order to loosen scale build-up. Rinse and repeat to remove scale.
  3. Dishwashers - Use the built-in water softener. Make sure you occasionally top it off with dishwasher salt in the right compartment.

Appleton No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Appleton home, you will need to check if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Appleton.

If there is no water at your Appleton home, is it only affecting cold water or hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Appleton.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Thames Water for advice. You can also try the following:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Thames Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Thames Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Appleton water leak or flooding

Appleton water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Appleton home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Appleton property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring Thames Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, visit the "report a leak" page on the Thames Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Appleton taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Appleton water this could be because of one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to ensure hygiene throughout the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can affect it by infusing your Appleton water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Appleton water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should get in touch with Thames Water using the contact information above.

Broadband Speed in Appleton OX13

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Appleton home can vary depending on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test how fast your internet is and see if it matches the average internet speed in Appleton with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

Did you know that the average download speed in the UK is around 62.5Mbps?

Appleton Average Download Speed Appleton Average Upload Speed
79.50 Mbps 22.10 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Appleton. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas this type of connection is the only one that's available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Appleton?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points worth considering before picking a broadband provider in Appleton.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before picking a broadband provider in Appleton is the availability. Most homes in Appleton should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Appleton?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Appleton
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Appleton homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Appleton.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Appleton.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Appleton broadband value for money

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Appleton. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the small print of the offer when you sign up for a broadband connection in Appleton. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Appleton Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Appleton must also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows which without a reliable broadband connection at your Appleton home is something to think about.

Appleton broadband customer service

Finally, the customer support of your Appleton broadband connection is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a high level of customer support that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Appleton.

Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Appleton have about broadband internet.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Appleton?

The average speed of broadband in Appleton is:

Appleton Average Download Speed Appleton Average Upload Speed
79.50 Mbps 22.10 Mbps

What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?

In simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Appleton, from which it is connected to your property through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Appleton house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below to find out the kind of broadband speed you should choose when signing up for broadband in Appleton.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Email, web browsing, working from home (WFH), light streaming, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more All of the above, streaming your own video content on the web or large file transfers 100+ Mbps Broadband

What's the difference between 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WiFi?

2.4ghz and 5ghz are the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Appleton

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Appleton is 01865. When making a call to someone in Appleton, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01865 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01865 Appleton call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost will probably be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have a plan that includes calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Appleton

Residents of Appleton are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Appleton home to the gas and electricity networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Appleton distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Appleton in this section.

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Appleton

The electricity distribution network operator for Appleton is Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks - Central Southern England. You can find the Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks - Central Southern England contact details in the table below:

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks - Central Southern England Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 048 3516
Emergencies 0800 072 7282
Email GE@ssen.co.uk
Website https://www.ssen.co.uk/
Address Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road
Perth

The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:

  1. Electricity North West
  2. Northern Powergrid
  3. SSE Networks
  4. SP Energy Networks
  5. UK Power Networks
  6. Western Power Distribution
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Power Generation near Appleton

There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Appleton.

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Appleton

You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Appleton, in the below table you will find the five nearest towns and cities to Appleton.

Closest five municipalities to Appleton
Municipality Distance from Appleton
Sunningwell -
Frilford -
Cothill -
Abingdon 1.88 miles
Long Wittenham 1.88 miles