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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Lower Grange

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

About Lower Grange, West Yorkshire

Lower Grange BD8 has a population of 1,094 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Lower Grange?

Lower Grange 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 Lower Grange

Ringing a contact number for Yorkshire Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Lower Grange water account.

Below, you can find the principal contact 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

Additionally, you can communicate with Yorkshire Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on 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

Water rates in Lower Grange

Water bill in Lower Grange

Water rates in Lower Grange depend on whether your home has a water meter or not. It's easy to find out if your Lower Grange water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Lower Grange water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Lower Grange

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

Unmetered Customers in Lower Grange

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Lower Grange home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Lower Grange home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Lower Grange is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Lower Grange 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 are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Lower Grange might work out cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by having a meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Lower Grange?

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

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How do I pay my Lower Grange water bill?

You will first need to register with Yorkshire Water. After you've registered with Yorkshire Water, you will be offered a choice of payment options 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 Lower Grange bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single annual payment, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as 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 Lower Grange?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Lower Grange BD8, 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.

Lower Grange Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Lower Grange

Is water from the tap in Lower Grange safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Lower Grange come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Lower Grange:

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

Is the water hard in Lower Grange

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 Lower Grange is below 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Lower Grange is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Lower Grange contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. 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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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Lower Grange.

Lower Grange No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Lower Grange home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Lower Grange.

If there is no water at your Lower Grange home, is it only affecting cold water or 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 Lower Grange.

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

  1. Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Yorkshire Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Examine the Twitter account of 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. Check that your stop tap is open.

Lower Grange water leak or flooding

Lower Grange water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Lower Grange home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

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

  1. Contact Yorkshire 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 Yorkshire Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Lower Grange taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Lower Grange 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 impermeate the Lower Grange 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 Lower Grange water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should not hesitate to reach Yorkshire Water using the contact information above.

Broadband Speed in Lower Grange BD8

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The broadband speed you get at your Lower Grange home depends on several factors such as:

  • Availability of fibre
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your internet service provider or ISP

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

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

Lower Grange Average Download Speed Lower Grange Average Upload Speed
95.80 Mbps 16.00 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect your download and upload speed in Lower Grange. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in some remote parts of the UK it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Lower Grange?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Worry not, we've covered four main points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Lower Grange.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when choosing an internet provider in Lower Grange is the availability. The majority of homes in Lower Grange should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Lower Grange?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Lower Grange
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the 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 internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Lower Grange homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Lower Grange.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Lower Grange.
    • 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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Lower Grange broadband cost

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Lower Grange. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the small print of the offer before you sign up to a internet service in Lower Grange. Some providers will raise the price even during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Lower Grange Broadband Reliability

The reliability of the broadband connection is in Lower Grange must also be considered, with many people working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Lower Grange home is something to think about.

Lower Grange broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer support of your Lower Grange broadband internet is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem in a fast and efficient manner is definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Lower Grange.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Lower Grange have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

How fast is the broadband in Lower Grange?

The average broadband speed in Lower Grange is:

Lower Grange Average Download Speed Lower Grange Average Upload Speed
95.80 Mbps 16.00 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 speed reduces as you get further away from the telephone exchange.
  • Superfast: This is a kind of fibre broadband connection with download speeds of at least 30 Mbps.
  • FTTC: Fibre To The Cabinet - is fibre broadband that's connected to a green box on your street in Lower Grange, 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 Lower Grange home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

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 pick when getting connected in Lower Grange.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Maximum of 5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but has a slower speed. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the landline area code in Lower Grange

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Lower Grange is 01806. If you call someone in Lower Grange, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Lower Grange call cost?

If calls are included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, you should ask your provider before you make the call to avoid unexpected charges on your bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Lower Grange

People living in Lower Grange can choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas is maintained and supplied by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Lower Grange home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

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

You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator for Lower Grange

The electricity distribution network operator for Lower Grange 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 Lower Grange

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

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%). Additionally, a small percentage was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of electricity was generated by nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations are scheduled for closure, 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy produced 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This will conmtinue to rise as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Lower Grange

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

Closest five municipalities to Lower Grange
Municipality Distance from Lower Grange
Girlington -
Heaton 1.13 miles
Frizinghall 1.13 miles
Bradford 1.34 miles
Clayton 1.64 miles