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Your Complete Guide to Utilities in Cults

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

About Cults, Aberdeenshire

Cults AB15 has a population of 3,500 and is located in the county of Aberdeenshire. Aberdeenshire has a population of 261,470 people.

Who supplies my water in Cults?

Cults water utilities are supplied by Scottish Water. Below are the main phone numbers for Scottish Water:

How to get in touch with the water supplier in Cults

Speaking to an advisor at Scottish Water is one of many contact methods to deal with your Cults water issues.

Below, you can find the principal 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 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
help@scottishwater.co.uk

Water rates in Cults

Water bill in Cults

Water rates in Cults will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Cults water rates are metered or not by looking at a recent water bill or by contacting your supplier. Homes with metered Cults water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.

Metered Customers in Cults

Customers with a water meter at their Cults home will pay a fixed annual 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 Cults home.

Unmetered Customers in Cults

Customers who don't have a meter at their Cults home have an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning you'll pay the same regardless of how much water consumed at your Cults home.

The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Cults is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value calculation of your Cults water prices were determined by the local council in the 90s and will probably not 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, getting a water meter for your Cults may save you money.

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

How do I pay my Cults water bill?

You will first need to register with Scottish Water. Once you've registered an account with Scottish 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 Cults bill. While some customers like an annual payment, other customers might like to set up quarterly, monthly, or even weekly payments instead. When you 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 Cults?

Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Cults AB15, 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.

Cults Water Frequently Asked Questions

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

Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Cults

Is tap water in Cults safe to drink?

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

Where does the water in Cults come from?

There are three main sources of water that supply Cults:

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

How hard is the water in Cults

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 Cults is fewer than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Cults is rated as soft water.

What does this mean?

The water being supplied to your home in Cults contains a minimal level of hard water minerals. soft water means your home appliances should be more efficient and your clothes will come out softer after washing. There should also be less limescale in your appliances which extends their lifespan.

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

Cults No Water

If you have no water in your Cults home, you need to find out if the issue is to do with your home plumbing or if the problem is an outage affecting Cults.

If there is no water at your Cults home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue will be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Cults.

If there is no cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for assistance. You can also try the following:

  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. Ask your neighbours whether they have the same issue as you.
  4. Make sure your stop tap is in the open position.

Cults water leak or flooding

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

If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Cults property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:

  1. Contact Scottish Water whether the problem is with clean 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 complete the online form to report the issue.

Why does the water in Cults taste strange?

If you find the taste or smell is different with your Cults 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 Cults water with an earthy smell or taste.
  3. Plumbing can be a contributing factor to the taste of your water, adding metallic, salty, or rubbery hints to Cults water.

If you have any queries or worries about your water's smell, taste, or appearance, you should get in touch with Scottish Water on the contact details above.

Broadband Speed in Cults AB15

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

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

Test how fast your internet is and find out how it compares to the average connection speed for Cults with our easy to use broadband speed test tool.

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

Cults Average Download Speed Cults Average Upload Speed
88.00 Mbps 36.80 Mbps
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The internet connection type you have can affect the speed you get at your home in Cults. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK at the time of writing, this has been rolled out to 31.83% of households in the UK.

The slowest way to access the internet is ADSL, in parts of the UK that are more remote it's the only type of internet connection available.

Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Cults?

It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. Which means picking a reliable provider for your internet can be unnerving. Worry not, let's take a look at the top four points to think about when choosing an internet provider in Cults.

Availability

The first thing to consider when choosing an internet provider in Cults is what's available. Most homes in Cults can take advantage of fibre or 'superfast' broadband connections, people outside a built-up area may have limited access to the type of connection.

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

What kinds of internet connection are available in Cults?

  • Fibre broadband
    • This is fastest connection that's currently available in Cults
    • Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
    • Superfast broadband gives you a minimum download speed that's at least 24 Mbps.
    • A Full Fibre broadband internet connection can currently reach speeds from 300 Mbps up to 1 Gbps.
  • ADSL or ADSL2
    • An older type of connection that is delivered through a standard telephone line.
    • Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
    • Available to the majority of Cults homes.
  • Cable
    • Speed that are the same as, or faster than, fibre broadband.
    • Available only via Virgin Media.
    • Restricted availability in some parts of Cults.
  • 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
    • The speed will depend on strength of the mobile signal in Cults.
    • Might work out more expensive without an unlimited data plan.
    • Can tether to your smartphone without special equipment, though some mobile networks do not allow tethering.
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Cults broadband price

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Another important consideration is the monthly cost of broadband in Cults. It's easy to find a broadband provider that's offering a low priced offer especially for new customers, however you might find the rate suddenly goes up. We recommend you double check the fine print of the deal before you commit to a broadband connection in Cults. Some providers may even increase the price during the initial contract period. We reported recently on the BT price hike which affects millions of BT customers.

Cults Broadband Reliability

The reliability of broadband in Cults also needs consideration, with so many people that work from home on a part-time or full-time basis, we need to have a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work is really important.

The times when we're not working we're watching movies online or gaming online meaning without an internet connection that's reliable at your Cults home is going to be important.

Cults broadband technical support

Finally, the customer support of your Cults internet connection is of utmost importance. 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 can deal with your problem quickly and efficiently should be considered when you choose a broadband provider in Cults.

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Broadband FAQ

Below we've answered some our the most common questions that customers in Cults ask about their broadband.

Broadband Frequently Asked Questions

What's the average broadband speed in Cults?

The average speed of broadband in Cults is:

Cults Average Download Speed Cults 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 - 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 - is fibre broadband that's connected to one of those green cabinets that you might have near your home in Cults, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
  • FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - The connection is delivered using 100% fibre cables to your Cults house. This means it's very fast and extremely reliable. At the time of writing, 31.83% of houses in the UK .

What broadband speed do I need?

That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Check out the table below for a general idea which speed you should take when signing up for broadband in Cults.

Frequent internet uses 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
Up to 5 devices AAll of the above, online gaming and 4K streaming 50-100 Mbps Broadband
5 devices or more 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 the kinds of radio frequencies that internet routers use to talk to your connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi travels across longer distances, but transmit data at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but your data will be transmitted faster.

What's the telephone area code for Cults

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The telephone dialling code, sometimes called the area code, for Cults is 01806. When making a call to someone in Cults, and you're located in a different region, you should add 01806 before the number you're trying to call.

How much does an 01806 Cults call cost?

If you have calls included with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call will probably be included with your tariff. If you don't have an included calls tariff, it should cost in the region of 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 you make the call to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.

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

Gas and Electricity in Cults

Residents of Cults are free to choose their gas and electricity supplier, but regardless of which supplier they choose, the gas and electricity is going to be supplied and maintained by the local network operator.

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

More often than not you won't need to speak to the Cults distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can easily find out which DNO is responsible for Cults 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 responsible for Cults

The electricity distribution network operator for Cults 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 Cults

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

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 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, and in the coming years this is expected to reduce as nuclear power stations in the UK’s 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 currently under construction.

Renewable Energy

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

Municipalities Near Cults

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