A Complete Guide to Utilities in Seer Green

If you just moved and have some questions about Seer Green? Our utilities guide to Seer Green will help you to find out everything about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Seer Green water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Seer Green.

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About Seer Green, Buckinghamshire

Seer Green HP9 has a population of 2,954 and is located in the county of Buckinghamshire. Buckinghamshire has a population of 543,128 people.

Who supplies my water in Seer Green?

Seer Green water services are provided by Affinity Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Affinity Water, and Thames Water:

How to reach your water providers in Seer Green

Calling a phone number for Affinity Water or Thames Water is one of many options to deal with your Seer Green water account.

Affinity Water telephone numbers

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

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

Thames Water telephone numbers

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

Thames Water telephone number Thames Water Emergency telephone number
0800 980 8800 0800 714 614
Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm, Emergencies 24/7/365

Write to Affinity Water or Thames Water

You can also get in touch with Affinity Water or Thames Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Affinity Water or Thames Water website.

Affinity Water

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

Thames Water

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

Thames Water Address
Thames Water Customer Services, PO Box 234
Swindon
SN38 3TW

If you would like to email Thames Water, you should use the following email address:

Thames Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Cost of water in Seer Green

Water bill in Seer Green

Water rates in Seer Green will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily find out whether your Seer Green water rates are metered or unmetered rates by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Seer Green water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Seer Green

Customers that have a water meter at their Seer Green 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 Affinity Water or Thames Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Seer Green home.

Unmetered Customers in Seer Green

Customers without a meter at their Seer Green home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of how much water consumed at your Seer Green home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Seer Green will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Seer Green water rates would 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? That depends on how much water you consume. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Seer Green may save you money.

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

How much is the average water bill in Seer Green?

The average water bill Seer Green residents are charged will depend on which water company supplies your home. In the table below, you will see how much each supplier charges:

Supplier Average Monthly Water Bill Average Annual Water Bill
Affinity Water £16.67 £200
Thames Water £19.33 £232

How do I pay my Seer Green water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Affinity Water or Thames Water. Once you've registered an account with Affinity Water or Thames 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 Seer Green bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After you've set up your Affinity Water or Thames 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 Seer Green?

Unfortunately, your water suppliers are fixed and depend on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Seer Green HP9, your water suppliers are Affinity Water and Thames 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.

Seer Green Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Seer Green

Is tap water in Seer Green safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Seer Green come from?

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

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

What's the water hardness rating in Seer 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 Seer Green is higher than 276ppm, that makes the water hardness in Seer Green is rated as very hard water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Seer Green contains an elevated level of hard water minerals. very 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. It also means an increased limescale build-up in your home appliances and the taste of your tap water may be affected.

Selectra recommends

Adding a softener to the water is recommended in Seer 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.

Seer Green No Water

If you have no water in your Seer Green 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 Seer Green.

If there is no water at your Seer Green home, do you only have 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 Seer Green.

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

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Affinity Water or Thames Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Affinity Water or Thames Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
  3. Check with your neighbours to find out if they also have no water.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Seer Green water leak or flooding

Seer Green water problems could be anything from flooding or a leak, to a burst water main in your Seer Green 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 Seer Green property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Call Affinity Water or Thames Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
  2. If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Affinity Water or Thames Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Seer Green taste strange?

If you notice a change in taste or smell with your Seer Green water this could be down to one of the following reasons:

  1. Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
  2. Seasonal changes can infuse the Seer Green water with an earthy taste or smell.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Seer Green water.

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

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Internet in Seer Green HP9

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Placement of your router
  • If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Seer Green with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Seer Green Average Download Speed Seer Green Average Upload Speed
66.47 Mbps 16.27 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can have an effect on the speed you get in Seer Green. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK and is available to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, but for some customers in remote areas it is the only means of connection available.

What to look for when picking a broadband provider in Seer Green?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, perhaps more important. That means choosing an internet service provider can be unnerving. To ease the pressure, we've listed the four important points to think about when picking a broadband provider in Seer Green.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst picking a broadband provider in Seer Green is what's available. Whilst many homes in Seer Green should have access to fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location could face issues getting access to the fastest internet.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Seer Green?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Seer Green
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection comes with downloads speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Seer Green homes.
  • Cable
    • Speeds similar to, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Can only choose Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Seer Green.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed is dependant upon the mobile signal strength in Seer Green.
    • Can be more expensive for heavy users without unlimited data.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Seer Green broadband price

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Another important consideration is the price you pay for broadband in Seer Green. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet connection in Seer Green. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.

Seer Green Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Seer Green must also be considered, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, knowing you have a reliable broadband connection to do your work is a priority.

Then in our freetime we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Seer Green home is something to think about.

Seer Green broadband customer service

Our final tip, the technical support for your Seer Green broadband connection is of utmost importance. You might never need to contact the internet service provider you choose, but if you ever do need to speak to them then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when selecting an internet provider in Seer Green.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Seer Green have about broadband internet.

Broadband Internet FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Seer Green?

The average broadband speed in Seer Green is:

Seer Green Average Download Speed Seer Green Average Upload Speed
66.47 Mbps 16.27 Mbps

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

In simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds 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 kind of fibre connection is first delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Seer Green, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This is a fibre broadband connection is connected with 100% fibre cables to your Seer Green house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

How fast internet should my internet be?

That would depend on what kind of internet user you are. Take a look at this table for a general idea which speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Seer Green.

Usual Internet habits 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
3-5 devices AAll the above, plus online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
More than 5 devices 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 kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

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What's the landline area code in Seer Green

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Seer Green is 01806. If you call someone in Seer Green, and you are not in the same area, you will need to add 01806 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01806 Seer Green call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, then the call cost should be included in that tariff. Without an inclusive calls plan, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are uncertain whether you have inclusive calls, please check with your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many different area codes are there in the UK? Including Northern Ireland, The UK has 645 area codes. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Seer Green

People living in Seer Green are free to choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be maintained and supplied by the local network operator.

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Seer Green home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you won't need to contact the Seer Green distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Seer Green right here.

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 Seer Green

The electricity distribution network operator for Seer Green is Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks - Central Southern England. You can find the Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks - Central Southern England contact details in the table below:

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks - Central Southern England Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 048 3516
Emergencies 0800 072 7282
Email [email protected]
Website https://www.ssen.co.uk/
Address Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road
Perth
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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

Power Generation near Seer Green

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a small amount was produced from other kinds of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies 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, only one will still be generating energy 2035. However, there are plans to build new nuclear reactors such as Hinkley Point C which is currently being built.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, that's up from 29% in 2018. Renewable sources can include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Towns and Cities Near Seer Green

You might be wondering which municipalities are within reach of Seer Green, we've found the closest five municipalities to Seer Green.

Closest five municipalities to Seer Green
Municipality Distance from Seer Green
Jordans -
Holtspur -
Forty Green -
Beaconsfield -
Wooburn Green 1.96 miles