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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Lofthouse

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

About Lofthouse, West Yorkshire

Lofthouse WF3 has a population of 197 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Lofthouse?

Lofthouse water services are provided by Yorkshire Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Lofthouse

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

In the table below you will find the contact numbers for Yorkshire Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Yorkshire Water contact number Yorkshire Water Emergency contact 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 send your request via the Yorkshire Water website.

If you prefer to send 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

Cost of water in Lofthouse

Water bill in Lofthouse

Water rates in Lofthouse depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Lofthouse water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by getting in touch with the supplier. Homes with metered Lofthouse water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Lofthouse

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Lofthouse 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 Yorkshire Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Lofthouse home.

Unmetered Customers in Lofthouse

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

Water rates for unmetered customers in Lofthouse is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Lofthouse 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 have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Lofthouse could be 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 Lofthouse?

The average water bill Lofthouse residents are billed is £15.50 per month, which is £186 per year.

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How do I pay my Lofthouse 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Lofthouse bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Lofthouse?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Lofthouse WF3, 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.

Lofthouse Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Lofthouse

Is water from the tap in Lofthouse safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Lofthouse come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Lofthouse:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Lofthouse

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

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Lofthouse 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 which means they should last longer.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Lofthouse.

Lofthouse No Water

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

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

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

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

Lofthouse water leak or flooding

Lofthouse water problems could be anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Lofthouse 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 Lofthouse 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 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 Lofthouse taste strange?

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

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

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

Broadband in Lofthouse WF3

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

  • Availability of fibre
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Your broadband provider

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

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

Lofthouse Average Download Speed Lofthouse Average Upload Speed
76.33 Mbps 14.58 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Lofthouse. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of UK households.

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

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

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet could feel daunting. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when searching for a broadband provider in Lofthouse.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst searching for a broadband provider in Lofthouse is the availability. The majority of homes in Lofthouse can take advantage of superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Lofthouse?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Lofthouse
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are called '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 connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Lofthouse homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Lofthouse.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Lofthouse.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Lofthouse broadband price

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Lofthouse. There are many providers offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you sign up to a broadband connection in Lofthouse. Some providers will raise the price even whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Lofthouse Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Lofthouse must also be considered, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Lofthouse home is something to think about.

Lofthouse broadband customer support

Lastly, the customer service of your Lofthouse internet connection is really important. There's a good chance you will never need to get in touch with your internet service provider, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Lofthouse.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Lofthouse have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Lofthouse?

The average internet speed in Lofthouse is:

Lofthouse Average Download Speed Lofthouse Average Upload Speed
76.33 Mbps 14.58 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 - 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 type of fibre broadband has a download speed of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Lofthouse, 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 Lofthouse house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Check out the table below for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Lofthouse.

Main internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Up to 2 devices
Up to 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

What's the landline area code in Lofthouse

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Lofthouse is 01924. If you're calling somebody in Lofthouse, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01924 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01924 Lofthouse call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call is likely to be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, you can expect to pay around 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before calling to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

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

Gas and Electricity Supply in Lofthouse

Residents in Lofthouse are able to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the local network operator.

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

Most of the time you won't need to speak to the Lofthouse distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Lofthouse below.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Lofthouse

The electricity distribution network operator for Lofthouse 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

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 Lofthouse

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from other kinds 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 the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Near Lofthouse

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are close to Lofthouse, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Lofthouse.

Closest five municipalities to Lofthouse
Municipality Distance from Lofthouse
Tingley -
Robin Hood -
East Ardsley -
West Ardsley -
Wakefield 1.06 miles