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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Efford

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

About Efford, Devon

Efford PL3 has a population of 14,092 and is located in the county of Devon. Devon has a population of 795,012 people.

Who supplies my water in Efford?

Efford water services are supplied by South West Water. Here are the main contact numbers for South West Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Efford

Ringing a contact number for South West Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Efford water account.

In the table below you will find the phone numbers for South West Water general enquiries and emergencies.

South West Water telephone number South West Water Emergency telephone number
0344 346 1010 0344 346 2020
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-1pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to South West Water

Additionally, you can communicate with South West Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the South West Water website.

If you prefer to write a letter to South West Water can do so by writing to the South West Water address below:

South West Water Address
Peninsula House, Rydon Lane
Exeter, Devon
EX2 7HR

Price of water in Efford

Water bill in Efford

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

Metered Customers in Efford

Customers that have a water meter at their Efford 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 South West Water. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Efford home.

Unmetered Customers in Efford

Customers who don't have a meter at their Efford home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Efford home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Efford will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Efford water rates will have been 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, getting a water meter for your Efford might work out cheaper.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Efford?

The average water bill Efford residents are billed is £18.17 monthly, which works out at £218 annually.

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How do I pay my Efford water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with South West Water. After you register your details with South West 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Efford bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your South West 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 Efford?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Efford PL3, your water supplier is South West 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.

Efford Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Efford have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Efford

Is water from the tap in Efford safe to drink?

Yes! You can drink the tap water in Efford. You can rest assured that Efford water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has given Efford 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 Efford water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Efford come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Efford:

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

Is the water hard in Efford

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 in Efford is fewer than 60ppm, this means the water in in Efford is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Efford contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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You don't need to add a water softener to the water in Efford.

Efford No Water

If you have no water in your Efford 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 Efford.

If there is no water at your Efford home, is the problem no cold water or no hot water? If you don't have hot water but have cold water, the problem will be with the plumbing at your home and not a problem affecting Efford.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact South West Water for advice. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the South West Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for South West Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Check that your stop tap is open.

Efford water leak or flooding

Efford water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Efford home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Efford property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Call South West Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the South West Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Efford taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Efford water this may be due to 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 Efford water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Efford water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with South West Water on the contact details above.

Broadband in Efford PL3

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The speed of your internet connection at your Efford home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test the speed of your connection and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Efford with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Efford Average Download Speed Efford Average Upload Speed
88.55 Mbps 12.50 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Efford. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of UK households.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one available.

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider could feel daunting. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Efford.

Availability

The first point to bear in mind before picking a broadband provider in Efford is the issue of availability. The majority of homes in Efford should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Efford?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Efford
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Efford homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Efford.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Efford.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Efford broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Efford. There are many providers offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. You should always look in the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a broadband connection in Efford. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Efford Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Efford should also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

When we're relaxing we're playing online games with friends or streaming movies and TV shows meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Efford home is something to think about.

Efford broadband customer service

Finally, the customer service of your Efford broadband internet is really important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them a high level of customer support that deals with your query efficiently and quickly is definitely something worth considering when selecting an internet provider in Efford.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Efford have about broadband internet.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Efford?

The average speed of broadband in Efford is:

Efford Average Download Speed Efford Average Upload Speed
88.55 Mbps 12.50 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is fibre broadband that is at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Efford, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Efford property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on how you will use the internet. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Efford.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Efford

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Efford is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Efford, and you are in a different area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Efford call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost will probably be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have inclusive calls, we recommend getting in touch with your provider before making the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Efford

Residents in Efford are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Efford home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you won't need to contact the Efford distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Efford in this section.

Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Efford

The electricity distribution network operator for Efford is Western Power Distribution - South West. You can find the Western Power Distribution - South West contact details in the table below:

Western Power Distribution - South West Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 096 3080
Emergencies 0800 6783 105
Email wpdnewsupplies@westernpower.co.uk
Website https://www.westernpower.co.uk/
Address Lostwithiel Road
Bodmin, Cornwall

There are six electricity distribution network operators in the UK:

  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 Efford

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this to reduce as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Efford

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Efford, in the table below you can see the closest five municipalities to Efford.