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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Rickling Green

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

About Rickling Green, Essex

Rickling Green CB11 has a population of 587 and is located in the county of Essex. Essex has a population of 1,832,752 people.

Who supplies my water in Rickling Green?

Rickling Green water services are provided by Affinity Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Affinity Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Rickling Green

Speaking to an advisor at Affinity Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Rickling Green water account.

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

Affinity Water contact number Affinity Water Emergency contact number
0345 357 2401 0345 357 2407
Mon-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 8am-2pm, Emergencies 24/7/365
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Write to Affinity Water

You can also write to Affinity Water, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Affinity Water website.

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

Affinity Water Address
Tamblin Way
Hatfield, Hertfordshire
AL10 9EZ

Cost of water in Rickling Green

Water bill in Rickling Green

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

Metered Customers in Rickling Green

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

Unmetered Customers in Rickling Green

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Rickling Green home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same regardless of the amount of water you use at your Rickling Green home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Rickling Green is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Rickling Green water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not have changed since then.

Should I get a water meter installed? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If your family is small, or you don't live with others, having a water meter installed at your Rickling Green could be cheaper.

Customers with bigger families that use more water will probably not benefit by getting a water meter installed.

How much is the average water bill in Rickling Green?

The average water bill Rickling Green residents are billed is £16.67 per month, which is £200 per year.

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How do I pay my Rickling Green water bill?

You will first need to register with Affinity Water. After you register your details with Affinity 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 Rickling Green 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 Affinity 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 Rickling Green?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Rickling Green CB11, your water supplier is Affinity 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.

Rickling Green Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Rickling Green

Is the tap water in Rickling Green safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Rickling Green come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Rickling Green:

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

How hard is the water in Rickling Green

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 Rickling Green is higher than 201ppm, that means the water hardness in Rickling Green is rated as hard water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Rickling Green contains slightly elevated levels of minerals that cause hard water. hard 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.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Rickling Green.

  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.

Rickling Green No Water

If there isn't any running water in your Rickling Green home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is a widespread issue affecting Rickling Green.

If there is no water at your Rickling Green 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 Rickling Green.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Affinity Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

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

Rickling Green water leak or flooding

Rickling Green water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Rickling Green home. So you must make sure you know who to contact and what to do and if you have a water emergency.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Rickling Green property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Ring Affinity Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can access the internet from your location, go to the "report a leak" section of the Affinity Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Rickling Green taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Rickling Green 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 infuse the Rickling Green water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Rickling Green water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you can speak to Affinity Water using the contact information above.

Broadband Speed in Rickling Green CB11

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The speed of your internet connection at your Rickling Green home is dependant upon several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • Proximity of the local telephone exchange
  • Location of the router in your home
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Your broadband provider

Test your internet speed and see if it matches the average broadband speed for Rickling Green 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?

Rickling Green Average Download Speed Rickling Green Average Upload Speed
60.90 Mbps 19.50 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Rickling Green. 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's the only type of internet connection available.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Rickling Green?

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. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points worth considering before searching for a broadband provider in Rickling Green.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about whilst searching for a broadband provider in Rickling Green is the availability. The majority of homes in Rickling Green can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

Although, homes that have been built in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH since developers often install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Rickling Green?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Rickling Green
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's provided via your phone line.
    • Slower speeds up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Rickling Green homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Limited availability in some parts of Rickling Green.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Rickling Green.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • You don't need a router if you tether the connection to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Rickling Green broadband cost

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You also need to consider the price you pay for broadband in Rickling Green. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price is often for a limited period. It's important to read the small print of the offer before you sign up to a internet service in Rickling Green. Some providers may even increase the price before your contract has finished. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Rickling Green Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Rickling Green must also be considered, with so many people that work 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 watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Rickling Green home is something to think about.

Rickling Green broadband customer support

Finally, the technical support for your Rickling Green internet connection is really important. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, however, if you have an issue and need to get in touch with them a provider with excellent 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 Rickling Green.

Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Rickling Green ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

Is the internet fast in Rickling Green?

The average broadband speed in Rickling Green is:

Rickling Green Average Download Speed Rickling Green Average Upload Speed
60.90 Mbps 19.50 Mbps

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

Put simply, 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 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 one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Rickling Green, from there it's connected to your home through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Rickling Green property. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. At present, 31.83% of UK home .

How fast internet should my internet be?

It really does depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should pick for a broadband service in Rickling Green.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less 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
Over 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 two radio frequencies internet routers use to transmit the data between your devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the landline area code in Rickling Green

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

How much does an 01806 Rickling Green call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone 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 the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have a plan that includes calls, you should ask 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. UK area codes can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Rickling Green

Residents of Rickling Green are able to choose their gas and electricity provider, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the gas and electricity is going to be distributed and taken care of 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 connects your Rickling Green home to the gas network and electricity grid.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Rickling Green distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Rickling Green below.

Learn more about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Rickling Green

The electricity distribution network operator for Rickling Green is UK Power Networks - Eastern England. You can find the UK Power Networks - Eastern England contact details in the table below:

UK Power Networks - Eastern England Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 028 4587
Emergencies 0800 316 3105
Email care@ukpowernetworks.co.uk
Website https://www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk/
Address 237 Southwark Bridge Road
London

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 Rickling Green

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a tiny amount was generated with other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, in the next few years we can expect this 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, an increase 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 is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Rickling Green

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Rickling Green, we've found the five nearest towns and cities to Rickling Green.