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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Earley

Are you moving and want to know more about Earley? Our complete guide to utilities in Earley will help you to find out everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Earley water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Earley.

About Earley, Berkshire

Earley RG6 has a population of 32,000 and is located in the county of Berkshire. Berkshire has a population of 915,157 people.

Who supplies my water in Earley?

Earley water services are supplied by Thames Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Thames Water:

How to reach your water provider in Earley

Calling a phone number for Thames Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Earley water account.

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

Thames Water contact number Thames Water Emergency contact 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also send your request via the Thames Water website.

If you prefer to write 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

If you would like to email Thames Water, you should use the following email address:

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

Water rates in Earley

Water bill in Earley

Water rates in Earley will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Earley water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Earley water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Earley

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Earley house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an extra charge for each cubic meter (m3) consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Earley home.

Unmetered Customers in Earley

Customers who don't have a meter at their Earley home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount no matter how much water you use at your Earley home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Earley is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Earley water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and is likely that they have not changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Earley might work out cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Earley?

The average water bill Earley residents are charged is £19.33 each month, that's £232 a year.

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How do I pay my Earley water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Thames Water. Once you've registered an account with Thames Water, you can decide how you would like to pay your bill, such as:

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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Earley bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Thames Water account, you will be able to choose how you pay your water bill, and how often you need to pay it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Earley?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Earley RG6, 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.

Earley Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Earley

Is water from the tap in Earley safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Earley come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Earley:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Earley

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 Earley is over 276ppm, that makes the water hardness in Earley is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Earley contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. 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 your tap water taste may be affected.

Selectra recommends

We recommend adding a softening agent to the water in Earley.

  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.

Earley No Water

If you have no water in your Earley home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Earley.

If there is no water at your Earley home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Earley.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Thames Water for help. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Thames Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Thames Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Earley water leak or flooding

Earley water problems could be anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Earley 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 Earley property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Contact Thames Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Thames Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Earley taste strange?

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

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Earley water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Earley water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Thames Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Earley RG6

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Earley home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average connection speed for Earley with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Earley Average Download Speed Earley Average Upload Speed
95.70 Mbps 19.23 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Earley. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

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

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Earley?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. That means choosing an internet service provider might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've covered four main points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Earley.

Availability

The first thing to consider when searching for a broadband provider in Earley is what's available. The majority of homes in Earley should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Earley?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Earley
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Earley homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Earley.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Earley.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Earley broadband value for money

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Earley. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you commit to a broadband connection in Earley. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Earley Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Earley should also be considered, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to do your work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online which without a reliable broadband connection at your Earley home is something to think about.

Earley broadband customer support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Earley broadband connection is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Earley.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Earley have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Earley?

The average broadband speed in Earley is:

Earley Average Download Speed Earley Average Upload Speed
95.70 Mbps 19.23 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
  • Superfast: This type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Earley, from which it is connected to your property via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Earley home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a general idea which speed you should choose when getting connected in Earley.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Download Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more All the above and large file transfers or streaming your own video content on the web 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 transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the telephone area code for Earley

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Earley is 01806. If you call someone in Earley, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Earley call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call should be included with your tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? 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.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Earley

Residents in Earley are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the regional network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Earley home to the gas and electricity networks.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Earley distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Earley in this section.

You can also read more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Earley

The electricity distribution network operator for Earley 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 Earley

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Earley

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are close to Earley, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Earley.

Closest five municipalities to Earley
Municipality Distance from Earley
Woodley 2.35 miles
Purley-on-Thames 3.55 miles
Tilehurst 3.55 miles
Southcote 3.55 miles
Winnersh 3.7 miles