On August 26, 2022, the wholesale price of a kilowatt hour of electricity broke a new record, reaching 1,000 euros compared to 86 euros in the same period a year ago. Here are some tips to save money.
In a home, heating is the element that consumes the most energy. According to figures from the Agency for the Environment and Energy Management (ADEME), the average annual consumption of electric heating in a home is around 4 312 kilowatt hours (kWh). Here are 5 ways to lower the cost of your bill.
1- Make sure your house is well insulated
For Florence Clément, head of information at ADEME, it is therefore in the insulation of homes where efforts should be directed. “Few people know it, but there is a public energy renewal service throughout the country called France Renov.” The specialist advises to make a free appointment with a technical advisor near you. Their role is to help and support those who wish to isolate their homes. “We come with photos of your accommodation, invoices and above all we do not start the work without having made an appointment, at the risk of losing a very important financial aid”.
two-Reduce your hot water consumption
After heating, the consumption of an electric hot water tank is the second largest electrical consumption of a home. According to ADEME, a 200 liter tank consumes on average 1 676 kWh each year. That is an annual cost of €285 with an electricity price of €0.1740/kWh.
According to Florence Clément, there are several solutions to consume less hot water. “The first reflection is to start by checking the temperature to which the tank is heated. Heating the water to 50 degrees is more than enough. Then you can install water aerators on the faucets. This will allow you to limit your water intake. general and therefore the hot water, which you can buy in all DIY stores for less than €10.”
3- defrost the freezer
After heating and hot water, the third electrical expense is occupied by appliances. The appliances that consume the most electricity are those that must remain on without interruption, such as the refrigerator and freezer. For Pascal Jacquemin, manager of the SAV Somatelec appliance repair company in Witry-les-Reims, the advice is simple: “Keep it from freezing! You shouldn’t wait for a heavy layer of frost to settle before you start thawing. Ideally, do it every 3 months. It should be noted that for several years manufacturers have offered a new technology : the frost free This is an automatic defrost system offered on certain newer models. And here too, like the hot water tank, you have to adjust the temperature of your freezer. “To be sure that the food is frozen to the core, a temperature of -18 degrees is sufficient,” adds Pascal Jacquemin.
4-Use eco programs in the dishwasher and washing machine
To save money, sometimes it is enough to take a few minutes to read the instructions for use of appliances that work with electricity. In the kitchen, Pascal Jacquemin recommends using the dishwasher’s eco mode. “Certainly, it will be longer, a cycle of 3 hours instead of 1h30. But the intensity will be less important, so we will consume less energy.” The advice also applies to the washing machine, to which you can apply another reflection: wash your clothes at a low temperature. ” In most cases, washing at 30 degrees is more than enough“, adds Mr. Jacquemin.
5-Unplug electrical appliances
For a few days, calls to disconnect electrical devices such as internet boxes or televisions have multiplied. However, for Florence Clément, we must be careful with these reflections. “Certainly this will allow you to control your energy bill, but it doesn’t weigh heavily on the overall electric bill.” Therefore, it is estimated that disconnecting a box from the Internet at night can save €30 for one year, that is, €2.5 per month. “They are small gestures that, on a household scale, do not represent much, but if we multiply by the number of households in a territory, this can lower the total electricity consumption.”
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