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A Complete Guide to Utilities in Banchory Devenick

If you've moved and have questions about Banchory Devenick? Our utilities guide to Banchory Devenick will help you to find out everything there is to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Banchory Devenick water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Banchory Devenick.

About Banchory Devenick, Aberdeenshire

Banchory Devenick AB12 is located in the county of Aberdeenshire. Aberdeenshire has a population of 261,470 people.

Who supplies my water in Banchory Devenick?

Banchory Devenick water services are supplied by Scottish Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Scottish Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Banchory Devenick

Ringing a contact number for Scottish Water is just one method of contact to deal with your Banchory Devenick water account.

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

Scottish Water contact number Scottish Water Emergency contact 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, either by email or with a letter in the post. You can even send your message through the Scottish Water website.

If you prefer to write 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 want to email Scottish Water, you should use the following email address:

Scottish Water Email Address
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Price of water in Banchory Devenick

Water bill in Banchory Devenick

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

Metered Customers in Banchory Devenick

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

Unmetered Customers in Banchory Devenick

Customers who don't have a meter at their Banchory Devenick 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 Banchory Devenick home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Banchory Devenick is based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Banchory Devenick water rates will have been determined by the local council in the 90s and is likely that they have not 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, getting a water meter for your Banchory Devenick might work out cheaper.

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

How do I pay my Banchory Devenick water bill?

First of all, you will 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 may be able to choose how often you pay your Banchory Devenick bill. Whilst some customers would prefer to pay annually, other customers might want to settle for quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. After 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 Banchory Devenick?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Banchory Devenick AB12, 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.

Banchory Devenick Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Banchory Devenick

Is the tap water in Banchory Devenick safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Banchory Devenick come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Banchory Devenick:

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

How hard is the water in Banchory Devenick

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 Banchory Devenick is less than 60ppm, that makes the water hardness in in Banchory Devenick is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water supply to your home in Banchory Devenick contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water will give your clothes a softer feel, and your appliances will be more efficient which is good news for your wallet. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which means they should last longer.

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Water softener isn't needed at your home in Banchory Devenick.

Banchory Devenick No Water

If you don't have any running water in your Banchory Devenick home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the issue is within your neighbourhood in Banchory Devenick.

If there is no water at your Banchory Devenick 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 Banchory Devenick.

If your home has no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for assistance. In this case you should try the following tips:

  1. Check the "In Your Area" sections of the Scottish Water website for any explanations as to why you have no water.
  2. Have a look at the Twitter account for Scottish 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.

Banchory Devenick water leak or flooding

Banchory Devenick water problems might include anything from a burst water main or flooding, to a leak in your Banchory Devenick home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.

If you notice a water leak or flooding outside your Banchory Devenick property, you need to do one of the following as quickly as you can:

  1. Ring Scottish Water regardless if the problem relates to wastewater or clean water.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, visit the "report a leak" page on the Scottish Water website and fill out the online form.

Why does the water in Banchory Devenick taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Banchory Devenick 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 Banchory Devenick water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can also contribute to the taste of your household water, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Banchory Devenick water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you can speak to Scottish Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Banchory Devenick AB12

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

  • The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
  • Distance from the 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 internet speed in Banchory Devenick with our fast and simple speed test.

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

Banchory Devenick Average Download Speed Banchory Devenick Average Upload Speed
88.00 Mbps 36.80 Mbps
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The type of internet connection you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Banchory Devenick. 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 homes in the UK.

ADSL internet connections are the slowest, in some remote parts of the UK this type of connection is the only one available.

What to look for when searching for a broadband provider in Banchory Devenick?

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 might seem daunting at first. To ease the pressure, we've covered four main points that you should consider when searching for a broadband provider in Banchory Devenick.

Availability

The first thing to consider before searching for a broadband provider in Banchory Devenick is what's available. Whilst many homes in Banchory Devenick should be able to enjoy superfast' or fibre connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

However, new builds and properties that have been constructed in the last few years should be able to enjoy access to the FTTH because property developers will often choose to install the latest infrastructure when constructing new homes.

Type of connection

How can I connect to the internet in Banchory Devenick?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Banchory Devenick
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, they are called 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband means the download speed of at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An internet connection that's delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Has a slower download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to 99.9% of Banchory Devenick homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Only available with Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Banchory Devenick.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Banchory Devenick.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • No special equipment required by tethering to your smartphone, although some of the mobile networks in the UK will not allow tethering.
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Banchory Devenick broadband price

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You also need to consider how much it costs for the broadband in Banchory Devenick. You will see many broadband providers are offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the terms and conditions of the deal when you sign up for a internet connection in Banchory Devenick. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay during the initial contract period. For example, recently there was a BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Banchory Devenick Broadband Reliability

How reliable the broadband is in Banchory Devenick should also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to do your work is a priority.

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

Banchory Devenick broadband customer support

Finally, the customer service of your Banchory Devenick internet connection is extremely important. You might never need to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that deals with your query quickly and efficiently is a strong plus when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Banchory Devenick.

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Broadband FAQ

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

Broadband FAQs

What's the average broadband speed in Banchory Devenick?

The average speed of broadband in Banchory Devenick is:

Banchory Devenick Average Download Speed Banchory Devenick Average Upload Speed
88.00 Mbps 36.80 Mbps

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

To put it in simple terms, 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 - this is a fibre connection that is delivered to a green box on your street in Banchory Devenick, from there it's connected to your home via your standard telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Banchory Devenick property. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. Currently, 31.83% of homes in the UK .

What speed internet is best for me?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table to find out the kind of broadband speed you should take for a broadband service in Banchory Devenick.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband 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 the above and 4K streaming or online gaming 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 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 your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Banchory Devenick

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Banchory Devenick is 01806. If you call someone in Banchory Devenick, and you are not in the same area, you must add 01806 to the number you'd like to call.

How much does an 01806 Banchory Devenick call cost?

If you have calls included with your landline or mobile tariff, the phone call will probably be included as part of your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, the cost of the call will be about 10p per minute, plus the call set-up charge.

If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before making the call 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 in Banchory Devenick

Residents in Banchory Devenick are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, 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 these are the companies that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that supplies your Banchory Devenick home to the gas network and electricity grid.

Most of the time you will never need to ever contact the Banchory Devenick distribution network operator, but should you ever need to, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Banchory Devenick 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 Banchory Devenick

The electricity distribution network operator for Banchory Devenick 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 Banchory Devenick

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, a total of 47.4% of the UK’s electricity was generated by burning fossil fuels. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Furthermore, a tiny amount was generated with other types 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, 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, new nuclear reactors are being planned 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 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 Near Banchory Devenick

Perhaps you're wondering which towns and cities are within reach of Banchory Devenick, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Banchory Devenick.