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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Cairnie

Are you moving and want to know more about Cairnie? Our comprehensive utilities guide to Cairnie is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Cairnie water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Cairnie.

About Cairnie, Aberdeenshire

Cairnie AB54 is located in the county of Aberdeenshire. Aberdeenshire has a population of 261,470 people.

Who supplies my water in Cairnie?

Cairnie water services are provided by Scottish Water. Here are the main contact numbers for Scottish Water:

Getting in touch with your water supplier for Cairnie

Calling a phone number for Scottish Water is one of many contact methods to talk about your Cairnie water issues.

In the table below you will find the contact 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, you have the choice of posting a letter or sending an email. You can even send your message through the Scottish Water website.

Customer that want to post 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
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Cost of water in Cairnie

Water bill in Cairnie

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

Metered Customers in Cairnie

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

Unmetered Customers in Cairnie

Customers that don't have a water meter at their Cairnie home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, this means you will pay the same amount regardless of the amount of water you use at your Cairnie home.

Water rates for unmetered customers in Cairnie will be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Cairnie 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? It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you are single, or have a small family, getting a water meter for your Cairnie may save you money.

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

How do I pay my Cairnie water bill?

First of all, you will need to register with Scottish Water. After you register your details 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 Cairnie bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up 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 Cairnie?

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

Cairnie Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Cairnie

Is tap water in Cairnie safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Cairnie come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Cairnie:

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

How hard is the water in Cairnie

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 Cairnie is less than 60ppm, this means the water in in Cairnie is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The clean water supply to your home in Cairnie contains low levels of minerals that cause hard water. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. You might also notice less limescale build-up in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Cairnie No Water

If you have no water in your Cairnie 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 Cairnie.

If there is no water at your Cairnie 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 is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Cairnie.

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

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

Cairnie water leak or flooding

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

If you find a water leak or flooding that's not inside your Cairnie property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Ring Scottish Water regardless if the issue relates to drinking water or wastewater.
  2. If you can go on the internet at your current location, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Scottish Water website and fill in the form to report the problem.

Why does the water in Cairnie taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Cairnie 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 affect it by infusing your Cairnie water with a somewhat earthy aroma or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding salty, metallic, or rubbery hints to Cairnie water.

If you are unsure about your water's appearance, smell, or taste, you should get in touch with Scottish Water via the contact channels listed above.

Internet in Cairnie AB54

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The speed of your internet connection at your Cairnie home depends on several factors such as:

  • Fibre availability
  • How far from the telephone exchange you are
  • Placement of your router
  • If you are connected with ethernet or wi-fi
  • Which provider you have

Test your internet speed and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Cairnie 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?

Cairnie Average Download Speed Cairnie 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 Cairnie. 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 UK households.

ADSL is the slowest type of connection, but for some customers in remote areas it's the only type of internet connection currently available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Cairnie?

These days, the internet is as important as other essential utilities, maybe even 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 to think about when choosing an internet provider in Cairnie.

Availability

The first thing to consider whilst choosing an internet provider in Cairnie is what's available. The majority of homes in Cairnie should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, people outside a built-up area may have trouble getting fast broadband.

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

Type of connection

What are the different types of connection in Cairnie?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is the fastest available internet connection in Cairnie
    • There are two categories of fibre broadband connections, they are known as 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed of more than 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection has a faster download speed from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of internet connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • High availability with for 99.9% of Cairnie homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Cairnie.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • Speed depends on strength of the mobile coverage in Cairnie.
    • Could prove more expensive unless you have an unlimited data tariff.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, however there are some mobile networks that restrict tethered connections.
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Cairnie broadband cost

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Another important consideration is how much it costs for the broadband in Cairnie. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. It's important to read the fine print of the deal before you commit to a internet service in Cairnie. Some providers may even increase the price whilst you're in contract. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Cairnie Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Cairnie must also be considered, with so many people that work from home either full-time or part-time, having a reliable internet connection to keep up to date with work your work can be extremely important.

Then in our freetime we're watching movies online or gaming online that without a reliable internet connection for your Cairnie home is going to be important.

Cairnie broadband technical support

Lastly, the customer service of your Cairnie internet connection is really important. 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 definitely something worth considering when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Cairnie.

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Broadband FAQ

Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Cairnie ask about their broadband.

Broadband FAQs

Is the internet fast in Cairnie?

The average broadband speed in Cairnie is:

Cairnie Average Download Speed Cairnie Average Upload Speed
49.30 Mbps 13.40 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 - with this kind of broadband you can get speeds up to 24 Mbps. However, the speed reduces as you get further away 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 cabinets that you might have near your home in Cairnie, it's then connected to your house through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Cairnie home. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of UK home .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on how you will use the internet. Have a look at the following table for a general idea what sort of download speed you should pick when signing up for broadband in Cairnie.

Usual Internet habits Recommended Broadband Speed Maximum of 2 devices
Maximum of 2 devices Web, email, working from home (WFH), light streaming, social media, etc 10-25 Mbps Broadband
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, 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 talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals don't have as much range, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone dialling code of Cairnie

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The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Cairnie is 01806. If you're calling somebody in Cairnie, and you are in a different area, you will need to add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Cairnie call cost?

If calls are included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call is likely to be included as part of your 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 inclusive calls, please check with your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

How many dialling codes does the UK have? There's a total of 645 telephone area codes in the UK. Area codes in the UK can be three, four, or five digits long.

Gas and Electricity in Cairnie

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

We call them Distribution Network operators (DNOs) and they are the company that own, operates and maintains the infrastructure that connects your Cairnie home to the electricity grid and gas networks.

More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Cairnie distribution network operator, but if you do, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Cairnie right here.

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

Electricity Distribution Network Operator responsible for Cairnie

The electricity distribution network operator for Cairnie 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

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
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Power Generation near Cairnie

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

Fossil Fuels

In 2021, 47.4% of the UK’s total electricity production was by burning fossil fuels. This was mostly in the form of natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). Additionally, a small amount was produced from other types of fossil fuels (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.

Nuclear Power

Nuclear power accounted for 16.1% of electricity generation in 2021, this is expected to reduce in the next few years as the UK’s nuclear power stations begin to close, all but one is expected to stop producing energy by 2035. However, we can expect new nuclear reactors to be built 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 sources can include solar, wind, hydro, and biomass. This is expected to continue rising as the UK is focussed on meeting its net-zero targets.

Municipalities Near Cairnie

If you've ever wondered which municipalities are within reach of Cairnie, we've found the closest five municipalities to Cairnie.