Energy sobriety plan: the measures to remember for families

For this winter and the years to come, the government has presented its 'energy sobriety' plan in order to save energy. Measures that concern businesses, the public sector and households alike. Overview of what must be done by families.

  Energy sobriety plan: the measures to remember for families

Sobriety, there will be this winter. In front of the energy crisis , various ministers of Elisabeth Borne's government presented at a conference this Thursday, October 6 the 'energy sobriety' plan chosen for the years to come . The first objective by 2024 is to reduce energy consumption in France by 10% , in other words electricity, gas and petrol. 'This represents 2 TWh of savings per year, the equivalent of the annual consumption of a city like Montpellier which has 300,000 inhabitants' , explained the Minister of Transformation and Public Service Stanislas Guerini. In this issue, everyone is concerned, as the Prime Minister reminds us. 'We all have our part to play in getting through this winter without cuts and building a more sober and low-carbon society.' A budget of 800 million euros will be released. Efforts will be requested from the State, public administrations, but also from communities, businesses and individuals. But concretely, what does the energy sobriety plan provide for families? Details.

What are the measures of the energy sobriety plan for households?

This winter, most individuals will have to respect certain measures, with the exception of households in a situation of fuel poverty. The Minister for Energy Transition Agnès Pannier had already mentioned this during a press briefing on September 14th. 'We will never ask for efforts from the French in a situation of fuel poverty, on the contrary we must support them to get out of this situation.' All who can, therefore, are called to adopt eco-gestures on a daily basis , as :

  • Adjust sound heater at 19 degrees
  • Set your water heater to 55 degrees
  • Reduce the duration of showers
  • Turn off all standby devices
  • Shift the use of electronic devices outside of peak hours
  • Install a programmable thermostat at home to save between 5 and 15% gas

These gestures are notably part of an advertising campaign imagined by the ministry and called 'Every gesture counts'. It will be broadcast to the French from October 10th.

Other announcements have been made and will directly concern individuals. For heating in housing in particular, the government wants 'extend the obligation to install a smart boiler programmer to all buildings' in residences reports Le Figaro . The warm-up period must also be staggered. “Consumers are invited to reduce their consumption of domestic hot water.”

What aid is provided for households?

To support households and families in these changes, the government provides several aids. On the one hand the establishment of a covoiture bonus of 100 euros , from January 1, 2023, to encourage the French to turn more to carpooling. On the other, one financial aid of 65 euros for the installation of a thermostat on an existing boiler.

The executive does not stop there. It intends to support households wishing to change heating system , thanks to financing of up to 15,000 euros for a wood pellet boiler and 9,000 euros for a heat pump air/water. And according to information from Europe 1, a generalized 'bonus system' could see the light on electricity and gas bills. Depending on the energy consumption of a home, energy suppliers could increase prices or offer discounts to consumers. This is already the case with the supplier EDF. TotalEnergies imagines a premium 'ranging from 30 to 120 euros, depending on the energy savings achieved' whether reductions in electricity consumption are actually recorded.