Ways to cut costs and save on everyday life in France

We work hard for our cash so let’s make the most of it. The Connexion finds ideas to make it stretch a little further

Heating and energy costs

1. Check whether you are getting the best deal for your electricity and gas bills by using the independent public comparison site energie-info.fr.

You can change your existing contract at any time, free of charge. The new supplier will cancel the previous contract for you.

There is no minimum length of contract and you can switch back at any time you wish.

 

2. Heating uses 65% of a household’s energy supplies. 

Lowering the temperature by 1C leads to a 7% reduction in consumption. The suggested temperature is 19C in living rooms and 16C in bedrooms.

Servicing your boiler every year is obligatory, and though there are no sanctions, your insurance may not pay out in cases of related incidents. A well-maintained and serviced boiler will last two to three times longer and use 10% less energy.

Leave shutters and curtains closed if you go out for the day, turn down the heating in unoccupied rooms and purge radiators regularly. Find more tips on reducing heating bills at tinyurl.com/tj9ncyp.

 

3. There are several grants and tax credits available to help with central heating and insulation improvements.

Some will have stricter criteria, including means-testing, from 2020 so you might want to act fast.

Public bodies across France give free advice on work and possible aid.  Contact your local Agence Départementale d’Information sur le Logement (ADIL) or find the relevant public body on the government site faire.fr via contacter un conseiller FAIRE.

 

4. Info-energie states that reducing the number of appliances left on standby could cut a family household’s electricity bill by €174 a year.

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