INFOGRAPHICS. What are these devices that consume the most electricity in our homes?

Heating is, not surprisingly, the biggest expense for homes. Whether they are in an apartment or a house. (© AG /

It’s no secret that energy prices have exploded in recent months.

When it comes to fuel, the sharp increase in gasoline and diesel, or pellets that can heat the house. And speaking of heating your home or apartment, electricity prices also take a big hit.

Heating is, not surprisingly, the most consumer equipment

With the number of devices we use every day, it can be difficult to know which one is the worst in terms of energy consumption. Last year, Ademe published a panel of household electrical appliances.

A document that establishes the average consumption in a year of all the devices we need to use inside and outside the house.

With some minor calculations, created an infographic for you to establish a ranking of the most used electrical appliances.

If you can’t see the infographic, click here. And feel free to touch or click on each column to see the exact numbers. To change the “category” of the device, click the left and right arrows.

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Note that the energy consumption of each device is obtained fromaverage based on 100 residences “representative of the French fleet”, according to Ademe. The money spent is calculated based on the regulated tariffs, that is, 0.1740 euros per kWh.

So we see that it is heating system which is the biggest cost for houses. For a house, on average, we can count a little more than 750 euros per year, and for an apartment, just under 300 euros.

A big cost, despite the fact that these numbers are obtained from class A+ heaters.

People with swimming pools also note that this type of installation is very energy-efficient. Between the water heating system and its filtration, we can easily reach 1690 kWh/year, or 294 euros.

Regarding the kitchen, we noticed that American refrigerators consume more electricity: this model combined with a freezer consumes almost twice as much as a classic model, which is also combined with a freezer.

Finally, in the living room, the television is around 187 kWh/year, or just over 32 euros. The game console is not left out, with 103 kWh / year, so just under 18 euros per year. Finally, a little surprise: CPL sockets are very expensive in terms of electricity: 17.8 kWh / year for “only” about 3 euros. This + this + this …

The extended tariff shield

And these prices are available on a basic subscription, at regulated prices. In other words, with prices protected by the tariff shield. Just at the beginning of September, Gabriel Attal mentioned the positive impact of the latter on the French finances last year, with locked prices when they should have increased by almost 40%.

A week ago, Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire and Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne confirmed that the shield system will be extended until 2023.

However, the government will not be able to prevent a price increase of around 15% from February 2023. “For a household, this is equivalent to 20 euros more per month in its energy bill, than 180 euros”, d after of the Prime Minister.

What are the small steps to be saved?

Back in June, the main energy suppliers called for a reduction in consumption to avoid a potential shortage this winter.

But how to reduce its consumption? “Through some simple small movements”, answered Ademe, at the end of June 2022.

Do not cover heaters, put lids on your pots, plug in multiple sockets, put sausages under doors, properly maintain your equipment… Everything is good to take.

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