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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Gildersome

If you just moved and have some questions about Gildersome? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Gildersome is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Gildersome water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Gildersome.

About Gildersome, West Yorkshire

Gildersome LS27 has a population of 5,804 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Gildersome?

Gildersome water utilities are supplied by Yorkshire Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Gildersome

Speaking to an advisor at Yorkshire Water is one of many options to talk about your Gildersome water issues.

In the table below we have listed the main phone numbers for Yorkshire Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Yorkshire Water phone number Yorkshire Water Emergency phone number
0345 124 2424 0800 573 553
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to Yorkshire Water

You can also write to Yorkshire Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can also submit your request on the Yorkshire Water website.

Customer that want to post a letter to Yorkshire Water can do so by writing to the Yorkshire Water address below:

Yorkshire Water Address
Western House, Halifax Road
Bradford
BD6 2SZ

Water rates in Gildersome

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Water rates in Gildersome will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Gildersome water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Gildersome water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Gildersome

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

Unmetered Customers in Gildersome

Customers who don't have a meter at their Gildersome 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 Gildersome home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Gildersome will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Gildersome water rates would 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Gildersome might work out cheaper.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Gildersome?

The average water bill Gildersome residents are charged is £15.50 each month, that's £186 a year.

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How do I pay my Gildersome water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Yorkshire Water. After you've registered with Yorkshire 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 Gildersome bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Yorkshire Water account, you will be able to choose your preferred payment method and frequency.

Can I switch the water supplier in Gildersome?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Gildersome LS27, your water supplier is Yorkshire 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.

Gildersome Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Gildersome

Is the tap water in Gildersome safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Gildersome come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Gildersome:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Gildersome

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 rating for water hardness in Gildersome is less than 200ppm, that means the water hardness in Gildersome is rated as medium water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Gildersome higher than. medium water will not clean your clothes, dishes, or your body efficiently, and your appliances will be less efficient which is not good news for your utility bills. You might also notice more limescale build-up in your appliances and it may affect the taste of your tap water.

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

  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.

Gildersome No Water

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

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for advice. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check for updates on the "In Your Area" sections of the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Yorkshire 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.

Gildersome water leak or flooding

Gildersome water problems can include anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Gildersome home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Gildersome property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Contact Yorkshire 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 Yorkshire Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Gildersome taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Gildersome water this may be due to 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 Gildersome water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Gildersome water.

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

Broadband in Gildersome LS27

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The broadband speed you get at your Gildersome home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see how it compares to the average connection speed for Gildersome with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Gildersome Average Download Speed Gildersome Average Upload Speed
79.63 Mbps 16.53 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Gildersome. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households in the UK.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in parts of the UK that are more remote it is the only means of connection currently available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Gildersome?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Worry not, we've listed the four important points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Gildersome.

Availability

The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Gildersome is what's available. Whilst many homes in Gildersome should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

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 Gildersome?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Gildersome
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 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 connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Gildersome homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Gildersome.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Gildersome.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Gildersome broadband cost

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Gildersome. There are many providers offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a internet connection in Gildersome. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Gildersome Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Gildersome also needs consideration, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.

The times when we're not working we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends that without a reliable internet connection for your Gildersome home is going to be important.

Gildersome broadband technical support

Finally, the technical support for your Gildersome internet connection is really important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact the internet service provider you choose, 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 a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Gildersome.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Gildersome?

The average broadband speed in Gildersome is:

Gildersome Average Download Speed Gildersome Average Upload Speed
79.63 Mbps 16.53 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 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 boxes on your street in Gildersome, it's then connected to your house via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Gildersome house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. Currently, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Have a look at the following table for a general idea the kind of broadband speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Gildersome.

Main internet uses Recommended 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
3-5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices All the above plus 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 the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Gildersome

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Gildersome is 01806. When making a call to someone in Gildersome, and you are in a different area, you should add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Gildersome call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call will probably be included in that tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain 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 different area codes are there in the UK? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Gildersome

People living in Gildersome 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.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Gildersome home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Gildersome distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Gildersome 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 responsible for Gildersome

The electricity distribution network operator for Gildersome is Northern Powergrid - Yorkshire. You can find the Northern Powergrid - Yorkshire contact details in the table below:

Northern Powergrid - Yorkshire Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 011 3332
Emergencies 0800 375 675
Email cus.serv@northernpowergrid.com
Website https://www.northernpowergrid.com/
Address RSXE-RCZX-XKBL, Manor House, Manor House
Penshaw, Houghton le Spring

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 Gildersome

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. 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

16.1% of electricity was generated by 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, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Gildersome

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are nearby Gildersome, we've found the closest five municipalities to Gildersome.

Closest five municipalities to Gildersome
Municipality Distance from Gildersome
Monk Fryston 0.63 miles
Micklefield 0.63 miles
Kippax 0.63 miles