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Soaring electricity prices: how to limit the impact on your bill?

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150 € increase on the annual bill for a household heated by electricity: this would be the consequence of the semi-annual increase in the regulated tariff, next January, according to a calculation made by UFC – Que Choisir. The consumer defense association calls on the public authorities to act, since they have the most powerful levers to mitigate this increase due to market trends. But in this context, how can you, yourself, avoid a surge in the amount of your bill? Here are a few tips.


1. Play the competition

“The regulated price for the sale of electricity is today generally a ceiling price on the market. By making use of competition between suppliers, consumers can save money on their bills, ”assures Antoine Autier, head of the research department at UFC – Que Choisir. To see clearly, comparators exist on the web. Two show their independence: that of the National Energy Mediator and that of UFC – What to Choose. By entering your consumption profile, the suppliers’ offers are listed and you can easily select the cheapest. With what savings? “By moving from the regulated tariff to a market offer, we can go as far as a reduction of around € 200 per year for a household heated by electricity. This is not negligible, ”notes Antoine Autier. This option is nevertheless not recommended for customers who have signed a fixed price contract in the past, for one, two or three years: given the continuous inflation of electricity prices, there is little chance of obtaining a more attractive price by going to the competition today.

Also watch out for tempting offers with high percentages of reduction: they only concern the price of consumption. However, this represents only a third of the total bill, to which are added taxes, subscription and electricity transmission costs. Also beware of focusing only on price, without taking into account the quality of customer service. Litigation has become legion since the market opened up to competition …

Can we also save money by opting for a green electricity offer? Not easy, especially if you choose a supplier like Enercoop who really invests in the production of renewable energy in France and not a competitor who only offers the much criticized system of the guarantee of origin (which simply certifies that an equivalent quantity of renewable electricity to that which was sold to the customer, has indeed been injected into the network in Europe).


2. Participate in a group purchase offer

By grouping together in the tens of thousands, customers can weigh in order to negotiate a supply of electricity at planed prices. Here too, several players are offering to register for this type of collective purchase, including UFC – What to Choose. In addition to the price, the association also claims to be able to offer contracts “more protective for consumers”. But faced with the current turmoil in the electricity market, it preferred to postpone the registration period for its new operation to early 2022. The Kelwatt energy comparator also offers its group purchase offer. He estimates that he can achieve savings of around € 150. For lovers of renewable electricity, it presents an offer in partnership with the WWF.


3. Reduce your consumption

The Ecological Transition Agency (Ademe) has listed a series of tips to reduce your electricity consumption and therefore his bill. Among them, turning off the watches of appliances can save up to 10% of the electricity bill (excluding heating). It also proposes to replace its halogen bulbs with LEDs, to favor the “eco” program of the washing machine and the dishwasher, to turn off its internet box when it is not needed because, over the year, it can consume as much as a washing machine. The Ademe also advises not to neglect the purchase of energy-efficient household appliances. The label stuck on it has classes from A to G and each difference between these classes represents around 15 to 20% of energy savings. Another lever is the heating that it is good to maintain around 20 ° C in living rooms and 17 ° C in bedrooms in order to reduce consumption. “These are common sense advice and given the rising energy prices, households are already very careful not to waste any more”, concludes Antoine Autier.



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