Consumption. Six tips to reduce your bills and increase your purchasing power

Consumption.  Six tips to reduce your bills and increase your purchasing power

Double-digit inflation on supermarket shelves? According to the NielsenIQ firm, this will soon be a reality, in addition to energy and fuel prices which have increased considerably… So, to preserve our purchasing power as much as possible, in addition to the measures decided or maintained by the government, we give you six tips that you can put in place now.

1/Up to 3500 euros by eating ”anti-waste”

Food is ”the” item of expenditure on which the French do not like to cut corners. In the land of gastronomy, there are, however, tricks that allow you to eat for less without sacrificing quality: in addition to going through the aisles at the end of the market, collecting discount coupons or downloading applications ‘ ‘cashback” to be reimbursed for part of your purchases, why not become a professional ”anti-waste”?

Track down short-dated products on the shelves of traditional and hard-discount stores, equip yourself with two or three applications for unsold purchases (TooGoodToGo, HopHopFood, Phoenix…) or go to clearance stores like ”Stock”, ”Noz” Where ”We anti-waste”, which offer fewer product choices, but at rock bottom prices, are solutions that will save you time and money. By supplying you with ugly items or items refused by large retailers, close to the expiry date, brands from elsewhere, from overstocks of producers and manufacturers or still on the arms of the carrier, you can save up to 3500 euros per year on your shopping, according to our estimates.

The number: 286

In August, by saving an organic ”grocery” or ”fruit and vegetable” basket each day for 4 or 5 euros, enough for at least two people, on the ”TooGoodToGo” application, it will cost you 143 euros, against an original value of the products estimated at 429 euros. In one month, the savings made therefore amount to 286 euros, according to our test!

2/ Up to 80 euros by unplugging devices on standby

The computer, the coffee maker, the box, the microwave, the washing machine… In each dwelling, there are 15 to 50 pieces of equipment that are permanently connected, whether they work or not, according to Ademe. La power tThe total of these watches for a household often exceeds 50 Watts. Unplugging these devices saves up to more than 80 euros per year. Are you lazy? Connect multiple devices on a power strip with switch, which can be bought between 5 and 15 euros, will allow them to be turned off simultaneously with just one button to press.

3/Up to 150 euros by changing the bulbs

Also remember to equip yourself with low-energy bulbs, which cost more, it’s true, but have a lifespan 6 to 10 times longer than conventional bulbs and consume 5 times less electricity. According to What energy websitewho carried out a simulation with eight light bulbs purchased for a hundred euros, the annual saving will be approximately 50 euros the first year, then 150 euros the following years.

How about changing supplier?

To save energy, you can also study your consumption using the Linky meter from Enedis, the manager of the electricity network in France, in order to identify possible problems, or change supplier to a more competitive competitor by comparing the price per kilowatt-hour. However, be careful with your choices: the price of electricity on the market continues to climb, which forces some suppliers to take drastic measures, such as increasing their customers’ monthly payments or terminating expiring contracts. Do not hesitate to make comparisons on platforms like Hello Watt Where Lite.

4/Up to 160 euros by equipping yourself with a mousseur

Each French person uses an average of 43 liters of drinking water per day, whether for personal hygiene, sanitary facilities, laundry, dishes, drinks or meal preparation, believes Ademe. Or, en addition to limiting your water consumption, which is rather welcome in this period of drought, using an aerator or an aerator to reduce the flow of water will save you a significant amount of money. For example, for a shower with a 50% flow reduction, it is up to 160 euros savings per yearfor an average price of water of 3.70 euros per m3 (3.78 euros in this month of August, specifies the online comparator Services eau France).

5/Up to 900 euros by tracking down water leaks

Watch out for leaks hidden: a dripping tap, these are 120 liters wasted by day. And over a year, that equates to a waste of almost 43 m3 of water, according to the Ministry of Ecological Transition, i.e. nearly 160 euros per year. A leaky flush means 600 liters per day lost, and about 740 euros more on the annual bill. By calling on a plumber or by intervening yourself (seal to be changed, float blocked, etc.), you can therefore save up to 900 euros per year.

Don’t let the water run

Letting the water run continuously while brushing your teeth is 10 m3 of water wasted after one year, i.e. almost 38 euros. It is also possible to save 15 euros per year in energy by lowering the temperature of a medium-sized hot water tank by 5°C.

6/Up to 10 euros just by lifting your foot

Depending on the mode of driving you adopt to get around, the differences in fuel consumption can reach 40%. This is an extreme difference, to be sure, but a drop of around 15% can easily be achieved through eco-driving. For example, reducing your speed by 10 km/h saves up to 5 liters of fuel, i.e. up to 10 euros over 500 kilometersand reduce CO2 emissions by 12.5% ​​(i.e. 12 kg), promotes road safetywhich also advises to avoid over-revving, which causes overconsumption of fuel by 20%, or even to cut the engine during a prolonged stop: “Stopping then restarting a vehicle consumes less fuel than leaving the engine idling for more than 20 seconds”.

Furthermore, thn this end of August, the average price of super-ethanol E85 is at 0.82 cents per liter, that of LPG at 0.87 cents, compared to around 2 euros per liter for diesel or gasoline, without the government discount, which are also less environmentally friendly. However, if we take into account the purchase and installation of a “FlexFuel” conversion unit (700 to 1600 euros) or an LPG kit (1500 to 3000 euros) to equip your vehicle, these devices will be in return in principle within the year. So, what are we waiting for to do good for our wallet and the environment?

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