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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Lowerhouses

If you just moved and have some questions about Lowerhouses? Our utilities guide to Lowerhouses will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Lowerhouses water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Lowerhouses.

About Lowerhouses, West Yorkshire

Lowerhouses HD4 has a population of 1,980 and is located in the county of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire has a population of 2,320,214 people.

Who supplies my water in Lowerhouses?

Lowerhouses water services are supplied by Yorkshire Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Yorkshire Water:

How to reach your water provider in Lowerhouses

Ringing a contact number for Yorkshire Water is one of many options to deal with your Lowerhouses 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

Additionally, you can communicate with 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

Water rates in Lowerhouses

Water bill in Lowerhouses

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

Metered Customers in Lowerhouses

Customers with a water meter at their Lowerhouses 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. While the variable charges cover the usage at your Lowerhouses home.

Unmetered Customers in Lowerhouses

Customers without a meter at their Lowerhouses home have 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 Lowerhouses home.

As an unmetered customer, the rate you pay for water in Lowerhouses is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Lowerhouses water rates would 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 have a small family, or live alone, having a water meter installed at your Lowerhouses might work out cheaper.

Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by installing a water meter.

How much is the average water bill in Lowerhouses?

The average water bill Lowerhouses residents are billed is £15.50 monthly, which works out at £186 a year.

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How do I pay my Lowerhouses 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

You may be able to choose how often you pay your Lowerhouses bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you set up your Yorkshire 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 Lowerhouses?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Lowerhouses HD4, 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.

Lowerhouses Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions that customers in Lowerhouses have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Lowerhouses

Is the tap water in Lowerhouses safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Lowerhouses come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Lowerhouses:

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

Is the water hard in Lowerhouses

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 Lowerhouses is less than 60ppm, this means the water in in Lowerhouses is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Lowerhouses contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. There should also be less limescale 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 Lowerhouses.

Lowerhouses No Water

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

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

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Yorkshire Water for assistance. 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 explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Yorkshire Water, they will often tweet 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.

Lowerhouses water leak or flooding

Lowerhouses water problems can include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Lowerhouses 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 Lowerhouses property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Ring Yorkshire Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Yorkshire Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Lowerhouses taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Lowerhouses 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 impermeate the Lowerhouses water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Lowerhouses water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Yorkshire Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Lowerhouses HD4

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

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

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

Lowerhouses Average Download Speed Lowerhouses Average Upload Speed
91.03 Mbps 21.67 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect your download and upload speed in Lowerhouses. An FTTP is the fastest internet connection available in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of UK households.

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

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

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Don't worry, we've covered four main points worth considering before choosing an internet provider in Lowerhouses.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when choosing an internet provider in Lowerhouses is the issue of availability. Whilst many homes in Lowerhouses should have access to superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Lowerhouses?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Lowerhouses
    • We can split fibre connections into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 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 connection that is provided via your phone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Lowerhouses homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Availability can be limited in some parts of Lowerhouses.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Lowerhouses.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • 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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Lowerhouses broadband value for money

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You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Lowerhouses. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low cost deal for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Lowerhouses. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Lowerhouses Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Lowerhouses should also be considered, with many people working from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work is really important.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Lowerhouses home will be an important thing to consider.

Lowerhouses broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer service of your Lowerhouses broadband internet is extremely important. There's a good chance you will never need to contact your broadband provider, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem efficiently and quickly is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Lowerhouses.

Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Lowerhouses ask about their broadband.

Broadband Internet FAQs

Is the internet fast in Lowerhouses?

The average speed of broadband in Lowerhouses is:

Lowerhouses Average Download Speed Lowerhouses Average Upload Speed
91.03 Mbps 21.67 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this is the way of connecting to the internet.

  • 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green boxes on your street in Lowerhouses, it's then connected to your house 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 Lowerhouses house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That will be dependant on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to what sort of download speed you should choose when getting connected in Lowerhouses.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices 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
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 the two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have less range, but will transmit the data between devices at faster rates.

What's the telephone dialling code of Lowerhouses

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Lowerhouses is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Lowerhouses, and you're located in a different region, you must add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Lowerhouses call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call should be included as part of your tariff. If calls are not included with your 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 a plan that includes calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call so you don't find unexpected charges on your telephone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity in Lowerhouses

People living in Lowerhouses are able to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but whichever supplier they are with, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

These network operators are known as Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and it is these companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Lowerhouses home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Lowerhouses distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Lowerhouses 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 responsible for Lowerhouses

The electricity distribution network operator for Lowerhouses 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 Lowerhouses

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

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%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (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 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel is generated from souces such as solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK strives to hit its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Lowerhouses

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

Closest five municipalities to Lowerhouses
Municipality Distance from Lowerhouses
Newsome 0.01 miles
Farnley Tyas 0.01 miles
Crosland Moor 0.01 miles
Berry Brow 0.01 miles