A family and team challenge to reduce your energy bill

FIGARO DEMAIN – To encourage the French to lower their rating and their energy borrowing, cities are launching the “Positive energy families” challenge. In Bordeaux, the participants overall reduced their bill by 10%. This year, 287 families have decided to take up this challenge.

The fight against greenhouse gas emissions is also playing out in our homes. To encourage the French to take action, several towns in France have challenged their inhabitants to the “Positive energy families” challenge. Households are thus encouraged to scrutinize all their energy consumption in an attempt to reduce it and thus save money. In Bordeaux this year, 287 families decided to take up this challenge against 245 last year and 90 the first year in 2012.

The goal is to reduce energy consumption by a minimum of 8% over the period that began in December and ends next April. To achieve this goal, families are supported by independent advisers and have a manual of “100 eco-friendly actions to save energy”. This document lists the reflexes to adopt to reduce your bill. The first item of expenditure is heating, which accounts for nearly 70% of energy expenditure in the home, and domestic hot water 10%. Thus, the guide gives advice that is well known but not always put into practice, such as lowering the temperature in your home, using a room thermostat, maintaining your heating system, purging the radiators, installing curtains to avoid letting the air pass. air, dusting the radiators but it also offers more surprising gestures such as placing reflective panels behind radiators, which improves the performance of radiators by 5 to 10% …

Participants are thus supported throughout the period, also via regular meetings and participatory and concrete workshops. As a result, “last year, families saved an average of 10% energy (i.e. 107,317 kWh saved in total, 12% of CO2 and 23 tonnes of CO2 avoided) in the Bordeaux Métropole region”, specifies Guillaume Mousteils. , project manager for the city.

Teams have saved more than 30% energy

To encourage each other and pass on their tips and advice, families get together in teams. At the end of the period, the team with the most energy savings is rewarded. Last year, in Bordeaux, the best team managed, overall, to reduce its energy consumption by 32.4%. Nedjoua Ghoribi is part of one of the distinguished teams. She formed a team with members of INRA where she works. “For a long time, I tried to reduce my energy consumption but alone and without expert advice I couldn’t do it. I registered last year to participate in the challenge with my colleagues. Thanks to the support, advice and collective emulation, I succeeded in reducing my energy consumption by almost 50%! ”, Indicates the inhabitant of Villeneuve d’Ornon. “The experts helped us identify the sources of savings and now we are putting our devices to sleep. I installed multiple switch sockets everywhere and low consumption lights. I thaw the fridge regularly, we put rugs to limit the onset of cold and have lowered the temperature in the house, ”emphasizes the mother of three children. The one who takes up the challenge for the second year is delighted to do so with her colleagues. “We talk about it at work, we give each other advice, it creates additional motivation,” says the doctoral student.

Camille Choplin has also managed to reduce her electricity bill by 10% “thanks to small, simple gestures, such as putting all electrical devices on standby or installing rollers on the doors to limit drafts. After this experience, we decided to switch to Enercoop, the supplier of green energy made in France, which is a little more expensive. The price increase was offset by our decrease in consumption! ”Rejoices the“ ecologirl ”of Bordeaux.

The prize goes to a shared flat of students who had managed to reduce their energy bill by 70%, recalls Camille Choplin before adding: “but it was a bit radical, they had turned off the heating”! They obviously won the challenge that year but not sure that these students kept their new reflexes, unlike the majority of those who took up the challenge. The hunt for energy-consuming gestures may have found its limits …


Le Figaro

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