Consumption. Six tips to lower your bills and increase your buying power

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

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

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

Track short-dated products on the shelves of traditional and hard discount stores, equip yourself with two or three applications for unsold purchases (TooGoodToGo, HopHopFood, Phénix…) or go to clearance stores like ”Action”, ”Noz” or ”Nous anti-gaspi”, which offer a small selection of products, but in broken ones price, solutions that save you time and money. By providing you with ugly items or items that are rejected by major retailers, close to the expiry date, brands from elsewhere, from excess stock of producers and manufacturers or still available in arm of the carrier, you can save up to 3500 euros per year on your purchases, according to our estimates.

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In August, by saving an organic ”grocery” or ”fruit and vegetable” basket every day for 4 or 5 euros, enough for at least two people, in the application ”TooGoodToGo”, it will cost you 143 euros, against the original cost of the products which is approximately 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 every home, there are 15 to 50 pieces of equipment that are permanently connected, working or not, according to Ademe. Lpower tThe total of these watches for a home usually exceeds 50 Watts. Removing these devices saves up to more than 80 euros per year. are you lazy? Connect more devices in a power strip with a switch, which can be bought between 5 and 15 euros, will allow them to be turned off simultaneously with just one button press.

3 / Up to 150 euros by changing the bulbs

Also remember to equip yourself with low-energy bulbs, which are more expensive, true, but have a life of 6 to 10 times longer than conventional bulbs and consume 5 times less electricity. According to the Quelle Energie site, which made a simulation with eight light bulbs bought for around one hundred euros, the annual saving is approx. 50 euros the first year, then 150 euros in the following years.

How to change supplier?

To save energy, you can also study your consumption with the Linky meter from Enedis, the power network manager in France, to identify possible problems, or to change the supplier to a more competitive competitor by comparing the price per kilowatt-hour. However, be careful with your choices: the price of electricity in the market continues to rise, forcing some suppliers to take drastic measures, such as increasing the monthly payments to their customers or terminating contract expiring. Do not hesitate to make comparisons with platforms like Hello Watt or 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, even for personal hygiene, sanitary facilities, laundry, dishes, drinks or food preparation, Ademe said. Oh, wellIn addition to limiting your water consumption, which is very welcome in this period of drought, using an aerator or an aerator to reduce the flow of water will save you a large amount of money. . For example, for a shower with a 50% flow reduction, it up to 160 euro savings per yearfor an average water price of 3.70 euros per m3 (3.78 euros in August, says the online comparator Services eau France).

5 / Up to 900 euros by tracking water leaks

Watch out for leaks hidden: a leaking faucet, it is 120 liters wasted through day. And over a year, that equates to a waste of nearly 43 m3 of water, according to the Ministry of Ecological Transition, ie almost 160 euros per year. A leaky flush means 600 liters per day are lost, and about 740 euros more in annual bills. By calling a plumber or by interceding yourself (seal to change, floating blocked, etc.), you can save up to 900 euros per year.

Do not let the water run

The continuous flow of water while brushing your teeth is 10 m3 of water wasted after one year, ie 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 driving method you adopt to get around, the differences in fuel consumption can reach 40%. It’s a drastic difference, sure, but a drop of around 15% can easily be achieved by eco-driving. For example, reducing your speed by 10 km/h can save up to 5 liters of fuel, ie up to 10 euros for 500 kilometersand reduce CO2 emissions by 12.5% ​​​​​​​​(or 12 kg), improving Road Safety, which also advises to avoid over-revving, which causes excess fuel consumption by 20%, or even machine cutting. during a long stop: “Stopping then restarting a car consumes less fuel than leaving the engine idle for more than 20 seconds”.

In addition, thAt the 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 about 2 euros per liter of diesel or gasoline, without a government discount, which is not very environmentally friendly . friendly However, if we consider the purchase and installation of a “FlexFuel” conversion box (700 to 1600 euros) or an LPG kit (1500 to 3000 euros) to equip your car, these device can be returned in principle within the year. So, what are we waiting for to do good for our wallet and the environment?

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