Six Ways to Save Energy and Save You Money

Reducing the energy we use in our homes is important for the future of our planet – and can also benefit each of us in our pockets.

08 Oct 2020
Home Savings

In France the typical household spends €1,700 a year on heating – electricity, wood and gas. By making a few adjustments to the way we live, we could help to lower our energy consumption and save money. Below are a few tips:-

  1. Install insulation. Many of us in France live in older, characterful stone properties – however because of their age and construction they can be cold and poorly insulated. On average, roofs and walls lose between 25-30% of heat without insulation – representing a significant potential energy saving.
  2. Use LED lights in your home. These use 90% less energy than normal bulbs and can last 10-20 times longer. And don’t forget to switch off any lights when you leave the room…
  3. Turn fridge/freezers onto a high setting so that the refrigeration does not need to work so hard – and it uses less energy.
  4. Drink less tea. No – only joking. However, if you only boil the water you need in your kettle, you will save a few centimes in water and electricity.
  5. Switch off the Standby. Did you know you could save up to around €80 a year by turning off your television or computer at the mains rather than pushing the stand by button?
  6. Invest in Smart Energy controls.  Nowadays you can control your appliances with a mobile app – from wherever you are. It is also possible to install systems which allow you to have variable room temperatures, making a more efficient use of energy.

These are just a few tips – why not tell us some of yours?

In October 2020, the French government launched a new grant scheme to help households improve the thermal efficiency of their homes. Click here for further information.

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