Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Advie

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

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About Advie, Highland

Advie PH26 is located in the county of Highland. Highland has a population of 235,540 people.

Who supplies my water in Advie?

Advie water utilities are supplied by Scottish Water. In the table below are the contact numbers for Scottish Water:

How to reach your water provider in Advie

Ringing a contact number for Scottish Water is one of many options to deal with your Advie water account.

Below, you can find the principal telephone 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

Write to Scottish Water

Additionally, you can communicate with Scottish Water, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can also submit your request on 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 should use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
[email protected]
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Cost of water in Advie

Water bill in Advie

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

Metered Customers in Advie

Customers who have a water meter installed at their Advie 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 Advie home.

Unmetered Customers in Advie

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Advie home will pay 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 Advie home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Advie is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Advie 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? 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 Advie might work out cheaper.

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

How do I pay my Advie water bill?

You will first need to register with Scottish Water. Once you've registered an account with Scottish 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 should also be able to choose how frequently you pay your Advie bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers would prefer 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 often you recieve your water bill and how to pay for it.

Can I switch the water supplier in Advie?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Advie PH26, 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.

Advie Water Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Advie have about their water supply.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Advie

Is water from the tap in Advie safe to drink?

Yes! The tap water is safe to drink in Advie. You can rest assured that Advie water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has scored Advie water quality 99.94% in overall mean zonal compliance, which means your water is safe to drink. It is not required to boil or filter Advie water to make it drinkable.

Where does the water in Advie come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Advie:

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

What's the water hardness rating in Advie

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 Advie is fewer than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Advie is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Advie 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 which means they should last longer.

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You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Advie.

Advie No Water

If you have no water in your Advie 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 Advie.

If there is no water at your Advie home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If you still have cold water but no hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Advie.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for help. 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. Examine the Twitter account of Scottish Water, they often post incident 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.

Advie water leak or flooding

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

  1. Ring Scottish 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 Scottish Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Advie taste strange?

If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Advie water this could be because of 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 impermeate the Advie water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Advie water.

If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you can speak to Scottish Water on the contact details above.

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Broadband Speed in Advie PH26

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The speed of your broadband connection at your Advie home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Where you've placed your router
  • Using wi-fi or ethernet connection
  • Which provider you have

Test how fast your internet is and see how it compares to the average broadband speed for Advie 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?

Advie Average Download Speed Advie Average Upload Speed
51.10 Mbps 11.50 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Advie. An FTTP is the best kind of broadband connection available in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection available.

What to look for when choosing an internet provider in Advie?

In 2022, the internet is about as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider might seem daunting at first. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Advie.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst choosing an internet provider in Advie is what's available. Whilst many homes in Advie should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, those living in rural homes 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 since developers often install the latest networks when building new homes.

Type of connection

What kinds of internet connection are available in Advie?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Advie
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of at least 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.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Advie homes.
  • Cable
    • A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Advie.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Advie.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Advie broadband value for money

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You also need to consider the monthly cost of broadband in Advie. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. We recommend you double check the terms and conditions of the deal before you sign up to a internet service in Advie. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike which will be felt by millions of BT customers.

Advie Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Advie also needs consideration, with many of us working from home full-time or just a few days per week, we need to have a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Advie home is something to think about.

Advie broadband technical support

Our final tip, the customer support of your Advie broadband internet is extremely important. Hopefully you shouldn't have to get in touch with your internet service provider, 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 making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Advie.

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Broadband FAQ

In the FAQ below, we've answered the frequently asked questions that customers in Advie have about their internet connection.

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Advie?

The average internet speed in Advie is:

Advie Average Download Speed Advie Average Upload Speed
51.10 Mbps 11.50 Mbps

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

Put simply, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.

  • 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 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 cabinets that you might have near your home in Advie, from there it's connected to your home 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 Advie house. That means it's the fastest and most reliable type of broadband fibre internet. Currently, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below to find out which speed you should choose for a broadband service in Advie.

Frequent internet uses Recommended Broadband Download Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 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
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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels further, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.

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What's the landline area code in Advie

Corded telephone area code Advie

The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Advie is 01479. If you call someone in Advie, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01479 to the number you're calling.

How much does an 01479 Advie call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the cost of the call should 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 don't know 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? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. They are a mix of three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity Supply in Advie

Residents in Advie are free to choose their own supplier for gas and electricity, but regardless of the supplier they are billed by, the electricity and gas will always be supplied and maintained by the network operator for the region.

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

In many cases you will never need to ever contact the Advie distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can quickly find out which DNO covers Advie in this section.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Advie

The electricity distribution network operator for Advie 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 [email protected]
Website https://www.sgn.co.uk/
Address Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road
Perth
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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

Power Generation near Advie

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

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Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. This came mostly from natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a tiny amount was generated with fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity produced from fossil fuels changes each year.

Nuclear Power

16.1% of the UK's electricity came from nuclear reactors in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years 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 under construction.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy generated 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include hydro, solar, wind, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Close By Advie

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are nearby Advie, in the below table you will find the closest five municipalities to Advie.

Closest five municipalities to Advie
Municipality Distance from Advie
Dulnain Bridge -
Cromdale -
Nethy Bridge 3.26 miles
Boat of Garten 6.17 miles
Bogroy 7.03 miles