A large majority of French people say they are ready to consume less energy, or believe they already do, primarily to lower their bills, shows the annual barometer of the Energy Mediator.
In total, 31% of those questioned say they are ready to change their behavior and 59% say they are already paying attention and not being able to do more. Only 10% say they won’t change their habits or haven’t decided yet, according to results released Tuesday.
Among the most cited gestures, turning off unnecessary lights (75%), lowering the heating in case of absence (61%), not leaving electrical appliances on standby (60%), lowering the heating temperature (58% ).
Some 69% of households say they have reduced the heating at home to limit the amount of bills. They are more and more numerous, since they were 53% in 2020.
As a result, this year, 22% of households surveyed say they have suffered from the cold for at least 24 hours (compared to 20% in 2021 and 14% in 2020).
Some 27% say they have struggled to pay some energy bills (18% in 2020). This year again, 18-34 year olds are the most affected, 51% declaring difficulties.
“Energy consumers agree to participate in the national effort of energy sobriety”, underlines the energy mediator Olivier Challan Belval in commenting on this survey.
However, there are still actions to be made better known, such as the shifting of certain electricity consumption during the day, outside the periods of high consumption, which are the 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
“Shifting part of your electricity consumption to a time other than during peak consumption is one of the actions less often mentioned, probably because it is not yet well understood,” he notes.
Ecological reasons being the second motivation for consumers, after bills, “it must be explained that shifting consumption is good for the planet, since this avoids operating more polluting production plants”, adds- he.
Survey carried out by the Becoming research institute from September 1 to 16 with a representative sample of 2,006 households questioned electronically for the fourth year in a row.