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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Aberchirder

Are you moving and want to know more about Aberchirder? Our complete guide to utilities in Aberchirder will explain in detail everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Aberchirder water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Aberchirder.

About Aberchirder, Aberdeenshire

Aberchirder AB54 has a population of 1,237 and is located in the county of Aberdeenshire. Aberdeenshire has a population of 261,470 people.

Who supplies my water in Aberchirder?

Aberchirder water services are provided by Scottish Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Scottish Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Aberchirder

Ringing a contact number for Scottish Water is one of many contact methods to discuss your Aberchirder water problems.

In the table below you will find the phone numbers for Scottish Water general enquiries and emergencies.

Scottish Water phone number Scottish Water Emergency phone number
0800 077 8778 0800 077 8778
24/7/365
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Write to Scottish Water

You can also write to Scottish Water, by composing a letter or sending an email. You can also send your request via the Scottish Water website.

If you prefer to send a letter to Scottish Water can do so by writing to the Scottish Water address below:

Scottish Water Address
Head Office, Castle House, 6 Castle Drive
Dunfermline
KY11 8GG

If you would like to email Scottish Water, you must use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Water rates in Aberchirder

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

Metered Customers in Aberchirder

Customers that have a water meter at their Aberchirder house will pay an annual fixed charge, plus an additional charge for each cubic meter (m3) that is consumed. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Scottish Water. Whilst the variable charges cover the consumption at your Aberchirder home.

Unmetered Customers in Aberchirder

Customers without a meter at their Aberchirder home pay an annual charge for their water usage. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Aberchirder home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Aberchirder is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value part of your Aberchirder water rates will 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? You need to consider how much water you consume per year. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Aberchirder may save you money.

Customers with big families are probably not going to save money by getting a water meter installed.

How do I pay my Aberchirder water bill?

You will first need to register with Scottish Water. After you register your details with Scottish 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

It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Aberchirder bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. As soon as you've set up your Scottish 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 Aberchirder?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Aberchirder AB54, your water supplier is Scottish 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.

Aberchirder Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Aberchirder

Is water from the tap in Aberchirder safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Aberchirder come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Aberchirder:

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

How hard is the water in Aberchirder

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 rating in Aberchirder is below 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Aberchirder is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Aberchirder 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. It also means less limescale build-up in your home 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 Aberchirder.

Aberchirder No Water

If you have no water in your Aberchirder home, you will first need to find out whether the problem is with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Aberchirder.

If there is no water at your Aberchirder home, do you only have no cold water or no 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 Aberchirder.

If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for advice. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Scottish Water website for any information explaining the reason your home has no water.
  2. Check the Twitter account of Scottish Water, quite often you will find they have posted an update about the issue.
  3. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Aberchirder water leak or flooding

Aberchirder water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Aberchirder home. This is why you should make sure you know what to do and who to contact regarding water emergencies.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Aberchirder property, you must do one of the following as soon as possible:

  1. Contact Scottish 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 Scottish Water website and complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Aberchirder taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Aberchirder water this may be due 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 affect it by infusing your Aberchirder 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 Aberchirder water.

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

Broadband Speed in Aberchirder AB54

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the telephone exchange
  • Where you've placed your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Your broadband provider

Test the speed of your connection and find out how it compares to the average internet speed in Aberchirder 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?

Aberchirder Average Download Speed Aberchirder Average Upload Speed
49.30 Mbps 13.40 Mbps
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The way you choose to connect to the internet can affect the speed you get at your home in Aberchirder. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get 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 that's available.

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

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, maybe even more important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Don't worry, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Aberchirder.

Availability

The first thing you need to think about when choosing an internet provider in Aberchirder is what's available. The majority of homes in Aberchirder can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' connections, customers who live in a rural location may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years will likely have be able to get ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest technology during construction.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Aberchirder?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Aberchirder
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband has a download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre connection can currently reach 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 the majority of Aberchirder homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Aberchirder.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Aberchirder.
    • 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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Aberchirder broadband cost

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You should also think about the price you pay for broadband in Aberchirder. 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. You should always look in the fine print of the deal when you sign up for a internet service in Aberchirder. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Aberchirder Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Aberchirder must also be considered, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, 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 which without a reliable broadband connection at your Aberchirder home will be an important thing to consider.

Aberchirder broadband technical support

Finally, the customer service of your Aberchirder internet connection is of utmost importance. 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 a provider with excellent customer service that can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently is definitely something worth considering when you choose a broadband provider in Aberchirder.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Aberchirder?

The average internet speed in Aberchirder is:

Aberchirder Average Download Speed Aberchirder Average Upload Speed
49.30 Mbps 13.40 Mbps

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

In simple terms, these are the different kinds of internet connection.

  • ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - this type of connection has speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed will be slower the further away you are 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to one of those green boxes on your street in Aberchirder, from there it's connected to your home through your traditional copper wire telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Aberchirder house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Check out the table below to find out what sort of download speed you should pick when getting connected in Aberchirder.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Speed 2 devices or less
2 devices or less Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
Over 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 transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, 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 telephone area code for Aberchirder

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The telephone area code, sometimes called the landline dialling code, for Aberchirder is 01806. If you call someone in Aberchirder, 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 Aberchirder call cost?

If you have a call plan with your landline or mobile, the cost of the call will probably be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus a small call set-up charge.

If you don't know whether you have inclusive calls, you should ask your provider before you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There are 645 area codes in the UK incl. Northern Ireland. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Electricity and Gas in Aberchirder

Residents in Aberchirder are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas is supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

These network operators are officially called Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and these are the companies that own and operates the infrastructure that connect your Aberchirder home to the gas network and electricity grid.

In many cases you won't need to speak to the Aberchirder distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Aberchirder right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Aberchirder

The electricity distribution network operator for Aberchirder is SGN. You can find the SGN contact details in the table below:

SGN Contact Information
General Enquiries 0800 912 1700
Emergencies 0800 111 999
Email customer@sgn.co.uk
Website https://www.sgn.co.uk/
Address Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road
Perth

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 Aberchirder

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

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

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 are scheduled for closure, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Near Aberchirder

You might be wondering which municipalities are close to Aberchirder, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Aberchirder.