How Britons plan to cut their bills this winter [Témoignages] – Economy

Faced with the energy crisis and a winter that will prove to be complicated, the Bretons will adapt their energy consumption… or not. Among the avenues mentioned since this summer, lowering the heating by a few degrees, as recommended by Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market. A solution already applied by many Bretons, who heat their homes between 16°C and 19°C. “I already heat to 19° and I have a programmer to lower it to 18°C ​​when you’re away from home”, explains this resident of Bourg-Blanc (29). “We heat to 16°C in the bedroom and the unoccupied rooms”, adds Hervé, resident in Pleyber-Christ (29).

Others are considering changing the heating mode instead: “We are going to use the fireplace instead of electric radiators”, specifies Pierre, from Saint-Donan (22). Marc Bodivit, resident of Pont-de-Buis-lès-Quimerch (29), plans to install “a pellet stove in December”. And some will just pull out the sweaters and warm clothes.

Better isolate, put your devices on standby…

Improving the insulation of your house or apartment is also part of the tracks. Jean-Michel, a resident of Pont-Scorff (56), near Lorient, plans to carry out “an evaluation of his house by a technician”, in order to find how to reduce his consumption. He has already replaced his electric heating with a heat pump, “an excellent choice”, according to him. A heating method that a number of Bretons already have.

Reducing the consumption of electronic devices is also one of the options considered. “I installed strips of power outlets where all the media devices are plugged in,” explains Daniel, a resident of Morlaix (29). “Just turn off the switch in the evening and turn it back on in the morning.” Devices on standby are also in the sights of several Bretons to make some savings, while Ademe estimates, in a study, that an average of €80 per year could be saved.

Use your cooking appliances differently? An idea shared by Ange, from Plouigneau (29), who intends to switch off his induction hob before the end of cooking. Véronique, from Brest, even plans to “use a camping stove so as not to use the gas stove”.

Sacrifice the Christmas lights?

Bretons will launch their machine during off-peak hours, to save money. A resident of Landunvez (29) plans to “optimize” his machines and dry the laundry outside, instead of using the dryer. Filling your machine better is the solution envisaged by Ange, a resident of Plouigneau (29), who will make fewer machines per week. Sylvie, in Vannes (56), will rather “change dryers” to find a more economical one.

Savings to the point of sacrificing the magic of Christmas? “We decided not to put the Christmas decorations outside, at least for this year”, explains Vanessa, resident of Ploumilliau (22). For the time being, only a few municipalities plan to reduce, or even eliminate, the illuminations, to relieve their energy bill.

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