A Complete Guide to Utilities in Northfield
If you just moved and have some questions about Northfield? Our complete guide to utilities in Northfield is going to provide you with everything you need to know about broadband, area codes, power generation and energy distributors, and Northfield water and sewerage. Keep reading to learn everything about utilities in Northfield.
About Northfield, Aberdeenshire
Northfield AB16 has a population of 5,481 and is located in the county of Aberdeenshire. Aberdeenshire has a population of 261,470 people.
Who supplies my water in Northfield?
How to get in touch with the water supplier in Northfield
Ringing a contact number for Scottish Water is one of many options to discuss your Northfield 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|
Moving to Northfield?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to sort out all your bills.
Write to Scottish Water
Additionally, you can communicate with 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 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
If you want to email Scottish Water, you should use the following email address:
|Scottish Water Email Address|
Cost of water in Northfield
Water rates in Northfield will vary depending on if your home has a water meter or not. You can easily check if your Northfield water rates are metered or not by checking your water bill or by speaking to the supplier. Homes with metered Northfield water rates will have a meter number listed on their water bills.
Metered Customers in Northfield
Customers who have a water meter installed at their Northfield home will pay a fixed annual charge, plus a charge for each cubic meter (m3) that's used. The fixed charge is to cover the essential running costs of Scottish Water. Whilst the variable charges are for the consumption at your Northfield home.
Unmetered Customers in Northfield
Customers without a meter at their Northfield home will pay an annual charge for their water consumption. This charge is fixed, meaning your water bill will stay the same no matter how much water you use at your Northfield home.
The rate unmetered customers pay for water in Northfield is going to be based on the rateable value of your home. The rateable value of your Northfield 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?
It really depends on how much water you consume annually. If you have a small family, or live alone, installing a water meter at your Northfield may save you money.
Customers with large households are unlikely to see any savings by getting a water meter installed.
How do I pay my Northfield 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
It's also possible to choose the frequency of your Northfield bill. Whilst some customers prefer to make a single 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 Northfield?
Unfortunately, your water supplier is fixed and depends on the catchment area based on your postcode. As a customer in Northfield AB16, 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.
Northfield Water Frequently Asked Questions
Below we have answers to the most frequently asked questions that customers in Northfield have about their water supply.
Frequently Asked Questions About Water in Northfield
Is water from the tap in Northfield safe to drink?
Yes! You can drink the tap water in Northfield. You can rest assured that Northfield water meets high standards making it safe to drink. The UK Drinking Water Inspectorate has rated Northfield 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 Northfield water to make it drinkable.
Where does the water in Northfield come from?
There are three main sources of water that supply Northfield:
- Surface sources - 93%
- Groundwater sources - 6%
- Mixed sources - 1%
What's the water hardness rating in Northfield
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 Northfield is less than 60ppm, that means the water hardness in in Northfield is rated as soft water.
What does this mean?
The clean water supply to your home in Northfield contains just trace amounts of hard water minerals. soft water means your clothes should be softer after washing, and your appliances more efficient. It also means less limescale build-up in your home appliances which extends their lifespan.
You shouldn't need to use a water softener at your home in Northfield.
Northfield No Water
If you don't have any running water in your Northfield 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 Northfield.
If there is no water at your Northfield home, do you only have no cold water or no hot water? If the problem is only affecting your hot water, the issue is probably going to be with your home plumbing and not a problem affecting Northfield.
If you don't have any cold water, not even a trickle, contact Scottish Water for help. You can also try the following:
- Look at the "In Your Area" sections on the Scottish Water website for any information explaining why you have no water.
- Check the Twitter account of Scottish Water, they often post incident updates when there's a problem.
- Talk to your neighbours and see if they are having a problem with their water supply.
- Verify your stop tap and make sure it's open.
Northfield water leak or flooding
Northfield water problems might include anything from a leak, a burst water main, or flooding in your Northfield home. This means it's very important you know what to do and who to contact regarding a water emergency.
If you discover flooding or a water leak outside your Northfield property, you should try to do one of the following as long as it's safe to do so:
- Ring Scottish Water whether the problem is with clean water or wastewater.
- If you have access to the internet, navigate to the "report a leak" area of the Scottish Water website and fill out the online form.
Why does the water in Northfield taste strange?
If you detect a difference in smell or taste of your Northfield water this could be because of one of the following reasons:
- Chlorination is a safe way to make sure the pipe network maintains high levels of hygiene throughout.
- Seasonal changes can impermeate the Northfield water with an earthy taste or smell.
- Plumbing can cause the taste of your water to change, adding rubbery, salty, or metallic hints to Northfield water.
If you have questions about your water's taste, smell, or appearance, you should not hesitate to reach Scottish Water on the contact details above.
Internet in Northfield AB16
The speed of your internet connection at your Northfield home depends on several factors such as:
- The type of connection (ADSL, Fibre, or Cable)
- How far from the telephone exchange you are
- Where you've placed your router
- If you're using wi-fi or ethernet
- Your broadband provider
Test the speed of your connection and see if it matches the average internet speed in Northfield 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?
|Northfield Average Download Speed||Northfield Average Upload Speed|
|80.30 Mbps||24.70 Mbps|
Slow broadband in Northfield?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get better broadband.
The internet connection type you have can have an effect on the speed you get in Northfield. An FTTP is currently the fastest broadband connection you can get in the UK however, at the time of writing, this is only available to 31.83% of households in the UK.
ADSL is the slowest type of connection, in some remote parts of the UK it is the only means of connection that's available.
Things to consider when choosing an internet provider in Northfield?
It's 2022, which means the internet is just as important as any other utility, some people might consider it the most important. So picking the right internet provider can be unnerving. Worry not, we've covered four main points that you should consider when choosing an internet provider in Northfield.
The first thing to consider whilst choosing an internet provider in Northfield is what's available. Most homes in Northfield should be able to enjoy fibre or 'superfast' connections, those living in rural homes may have limited access to the type of connection.
That being said, homes that have been built recently may already have access to ultrafast FTTH as developers often tend to install the latest networks when building new homes.
Type of connection
How can I connect to the internet in Northfield?
- Fibre broadband
- This is the fastest type of connection you can get in Northfield
- Fibre broadband is split into two categories, we call them 'Superfast' and 'Full Fibre'
- Superfast broadband means the download speed that's at least 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 connection that is delivered through your traditional telephone line.
- Limited download speed of up to 24 Mbps.
- Available to 99.9% of Northfield homes.
- A similar or even faster download speed than fibre broadband.
- Available only via Virgin Media.
- Restricted availability in some parts of Northfield.
- 4G/5G, Mobile, and Satellite Broadband
Unlimited GBs in Northfield?
Selectra is currently closed. Arrange a free callback with the Selectra Team to get unlimted data.
Northfield broadband value for money
You should also think about the monthly cost of broadband in Northfield. You will see many broadband providers are offering a cheap introductory offer for new customers, but the price can quickly increase. You should always look in the small print of the offer when you sign up for a internet service in Northfield. There are some providers that will increase the price you pay whilst you're in contract. In the news recently, there was a BT price hike that has affected millions of customers.
Northfield Broadband Reliability
How reliable the broadband is in Northfield also needs consideration, with many of us working from home on a part-time or full-time basis, having a reliable internet connection to stay in touch with work can be extremely important.
When we're relaxing we're streaming movies or playing online games with friends which without a reliable broadband connection at your Northfield home is going to be important.
Northfield broadband technical support
Finally, the customer support of your Northfield broadband internet is of utmost importance. Hopefully you shouldn't have to contact your broadband provider, but should the need to contact them arises then having solid customer service that is able to solve your issue quickly and efficiently should be considered when making a decision for a broadband internet provider in Northfield.
Our FAQ contains the answers to the most asked questions from customers in Northfield have about their internet connection.
Broadband Frequently Asked Questions
How fast is the broadband in Northfield?
The average broadband speed in Northfield is:
|Northfield Average Download Speed||Northfield Average Upload Speed|
|80.30 Mbps||24.70 Mbps|
What do ADSL, Superfast, FTTC, FTTH, and FTTP actually mean?
In simple terms, this means the kind of broadband internet connection.
- ADSL: Asymmetric digital subscriber line - a broadband connection like this has a download speed of up to 24 Mbps. However, the further you are from the telephone exchange, the slower your connection will be.
- 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 a green box on your street in Northfield, from which it is connected to your property through your existing telephone line.
- FTTP/FTTH: Fibre To The Premises/Home - This type of fibre connection is use 100% fibre cables to your Northfield house. That makes it the most reliable and fastest fibre broadband. At the time of writing, 31.83% of homes in the UK .
What broadband speed do I need?
That would depend on what you will be using the internet for. Take a look at this table for a rough guide to the kind of broadband speed you should choose when getting connected in Northfield.
|Usual Internet habits||Recommended Broadband Speed||Maximum of 2 devices|
|Maximum of 2 devices||Social media, light streaming, email, working from home (WFH), etc||10-25 Mbps Broadband|
|Maximum of 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 two types of radio frequencies an internet router uses to transmit data to connected devices. 2.4Ghz WiFi signals travel further, but does so at slower speeds. 5Ghz WiFi signals have a smaller radius, but are able to transmit your data at faster speeds.
What's the telephone area code for Northfield
The landline area code, sometimes called the dialling code, for Northfield is 01224. When making a call to someone in Northfield, and you are in a different area, you must add 01224 to the number you're calling.
How much does an 01224 Northfield call cost?
If you have a call plan with your mobile or landline tariff, the cost of the call will probably be included with your tariff. If calls are not included with your tariff, it should cost in the region of 10p per minute, plus an additional call set-up charge.
If you are unsure whether you have calls included in your tariff, please check with your provider before calling to avoid additional charges on your next phone bill.
How many telephone area codes are there in the UK? 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 Supply in Northfield
Residents of Northfield can choose their gas and electricity provider, but whichever supplier they are with, the electricity and gas will always be distributed and taken care of by the regional 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 supplies your Northfield home to the gas and electricity networks.
More often than not you will never need to ever contact the Northfield distribution network operator, but should the need arise, you can find the distribution network operator for Northfield right here.
You can find out more information about what a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) does in our Distribution Network Operator guide
Electricity Distribution Network Operator in Northfield
The electricity distribution network operator for Northfield 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|
|Address||Inveralmond House, 200 Dunkeld Road
The UK has six electricity distribution network operators:
- Electricity North West
- Northern Powergrid
- SSE Networks
- SP Energy Networks
- UK Power Networks
- Western Power Distribution
Looking for greener energy in Northfield?
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Power Generation near Northfield
There are no power plants within a 10 mile radius of Northfield.
In 2021, fossil fuels accounted for 47.4% of the UK’s electricity generation. The majority of which was natural gas (42%) and coal (2.7%). In addition, a small percentage was produced from fossil fuels from other sources (2.7%). The amount of electricity generated from fossil fuels varies each year.
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 are scheduled for closure, by 2035 there will only one nuclear power plant still producing energy. However, new nuclear reactors are being planned such as Hinkley Point C which is under construction.
Renewable energy accounted for 40.3% of electricity in 2021, which is up from 29% in 2018. Renewable fuel sources include wind, solar, hydro, and biomass. We can expect to see this continue increasing as the UK aims to meet its net-zero targets.
Municipalities Close By Northfield
You might be wondering which municipalities are nearby Northfield, in the table below you can see the five closest municipalities to Northfield.