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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Golcar

Are you moving and want to know more about Golcar? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Golcar will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Golcar water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Golcar.

About Golcar, West Yorkshire

Golcar HD7 has a population of 6,900 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Golcar?

Golcar water utilities are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to reach your water provider in Golcar

Calling a phone number for Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Golcar water problems.

In the table below you will find the telephone 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also send your request via the Yorkshire Water website.

If you prefer to write 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

Price of water in Golcar

Water bill in Golcar

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

Metered Customers in Golcar

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

Unmetered Customers in Golcar

Customers who don't have a meter at their Golcar home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Golcar home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Golcar will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Golcar water rates will have been 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 are single, or have a small family, having a water meter installed at your Golcar could be cheaper.

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

How much is the average water bill in Golcar?

The average water bill Golcar residents are being charged is £15.50 per month, which is £186 a year.

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How do I pay my Golcar water bill?

First, you must sign up and register with Yorkshire Water. Once you've registered an account with Yorkshire 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 Golcar bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Yorkshire 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 Golcar?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Golcar HD7, 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.

Golcar Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Golcar

Is the tap water in Golcar safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Golcar come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Golcar:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Golcar

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 Golcar is less than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Golcar is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Golcar contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances meaning they should not break down as often.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Golcar.

Golcar No Water

If you have no water in your Golcar home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Golcar.

If there is no water at your Golcar 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 Golcar.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for help. If this is the case, you can try these tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Yorkshire Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Yorkshire Water, they will often tweet updates when there's a problem.
  3. Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
  4. Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.

Golcar water leak or flooding

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

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

  1. Ring Yorkshire Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Yorkshire Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Golcar taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Golcar water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe manner to ensure thorough hygiene in the pipe network.
  2. Seasonal changes can impermeate the Golcar water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Golcar water.

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

Broadband in Golcar HD7

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

  • Fibre availability
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average broadband speed for Golcar with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Golcar Average Download Speed Golcar Average Upload Speed
68.40 Mbps 14.00 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Golcar. 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 households in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

What should you consider when choosing an internet provider in Golcar?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've covered four main points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Golcar.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about before choosing an internet provider in Golcar is the availability. Most homes in Golcar should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Golcar?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Golcar
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of 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 internet connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Golcar homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Golcar.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Golcar.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Golcar broadband price

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You should also think about how much it costs for the broadband in Golcar. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Golcar. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Golcar Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Golcar also needs consideration, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Golcar home will be an important thing to consider.

Golcar broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Golcar internet 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 a provider with excellent customer service that deals with your query in a fast and efficient manner should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Golcar.

Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Golcar?

The average speed of broadband in Golcar is:

Golcar Average Download Speed Golcar Average Upload Speed
68.40 Mbps 14.00 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of 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 Golcar, from there it's connected to your home 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 Golcar home. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below to find out what sort of download speed you should take when getting connected in Golcar.

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

What's the telephone area code for Golcar

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Golcar is 01806. When making a call to someone in Golcar, and you're located in a different region, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Golcar call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call should be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, 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, you should ask 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.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Golcar

People living in Golcar are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of 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 Golcar home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Golcar distribution network operator, but if you do, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Golcar below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Golcar

The electricity distribution network operator for Golcar 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 a total of six electricity distribution network operators that cover 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 Golcar

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small percentage was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The electricity produced from fossil fuels does change 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, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Golcar

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

Closest five municipalities to Golcar
Municipality Distance from Golcar
Scapegoat Hill -
Marsden -
Linthwaite -
Cross Gates 2.07 miles