Electricity, water, phone… these 9 little helpers will pay your bills!

Inflation completely turned the lives of the French upside down. Invoices are getting harder to manage. In such situations, all help is welcome to make his wallet feel a little lighter. So, there are help you can get to pay your bills. They are 9 in number. Find out in this article.

Inflation: 60% of the French people in difficulty

Inflation is affecting households in France since the beginning of 2022. The French observatory of economic conditions (OFCE), in a study published in March, mentioned 60% of households. Prices have continued to rise since then and have taken a toll on consumers’ wallets.

It’s not likely to get better anytime soon as winter approaches. In fact, the use of electricity and heating will increase. Many are afraid increase in their fees. Remember that in 2019, the average expenditure of the French on heating is 1696 euros.

So they can heat up to 20°C. This is revealed by the figures of the company that specializes in energy conversion, Effy. Fuel oil is at the top of the most expensive peloton with an average annual cost of 1913 euros.

In any case, it was revealed by Better Living Your Money. Electricity is in second place with 1802 euros/year. The gas followed him 1446 euros/year. However, costs are lower for wood-burning fireplaces. In fact, they are the only ones paying 759 euros per year.

Increase in fees and allowances

France is currently in the context of inflation and an energy crisis. Dealing with winter in this context is not easy. In addition, of the 56 reactors in the EDF fleet, 36 have not been used so far.

Xavier Piechaczyk, Chairman of the Board of RTE (Electric Transport Network) has a solution to avoid cuts this winter. According to him, there should be a 15% drop in consumption during peak hours. For their part, French households are concerned about another topic.

They are thinking about how to pay the bills. In fact, they are afraid of rising water, electricity, telephone or internet bills. However, households can cope with it thanks to many aids.

To be more precise, there are 9 of them:

Help at home

These are aids such as APL, ALS and ALF.

The Social Fund for Housing (FSL)

This assistance is intended to help tenants pay unpaid rent.

Visa guarantee

This is a guaranteed device that Visale guarantees up to 36 months unpaid for qualified tenants.

Discount on monthly phone subscription

This is for orange operator users. If they touch the social minimum such as the RSA, the AAH or the ASS.

Reduce social on the phone

This is an aid that allows recipients of the social minimum to benefit from a fixed telephone line.

The water test

This help can take two forms. One is preventive aid. This makes it possible to lower the invoice amount if it results in paying the water check.

One is to reduce the rate to benefit from a 1st tranche of water consumption free of charge. This consumption is calculated according to household income and composition.

Help for wireless broadband access

This is an automatic financial support considered by your access provider. This is for those who live in areas without fiber optics.


It allows the suspension of the procedure for non-payment. At the same time it is possible to suspend the cut or reduction of energy if there is an unpaid invoice.

Energy analysis

This is an aid worth between 48 and 277 euros. It is paid subject to income conditions.

Help with paying taxes

It is said that all help is welcome to relieve the wallets given in the context of inflation. In fact, you may experience financial hardship and struggle to pay your taxes.

That said, remember that it is possible to get a free partial or total discount on the amount you owe. Whether in the context of income taxes or the contribution to public broadcasting.

But still exemption from its housing tax, property tax or late payment penalties and interest. You just need to justify your financial difficulties.

The request for a free discount can be made online in your personal space. Or directly at the tax center counter or by mail. If you choose the latter option, you must complete and return the dedicated form.

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