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

Heating is, unsurprisingly, the biggest expense for homes. Whether they are in an apartment or a house. (©AG /

It’s no longer a secret that energy prices have been exploding for several months.

Whether in terms of fuels, with the sharp increase in gasoline and diesel, or pellets that heat the house. And speaking of heating your house or apartment, electricity prices have also taken a big hit.

Heating is, unsurprisingly, the most consumer appliance

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

A document establishing average consumption over one year of all the devices that we may need to use in and outside the home.

With a few small calculations, has concocted an infographic for you to establish a ranking of the most electricity-consuming devices.

If you are unable to view the infographic, click here. And feel free to touch or click on each column to see the exact numbers. To change the “category” of device, click on the arrows on the left and on the right.

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

We therefore find that it is the heating system which is the largest expense for homes. 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 substantial expense, notwithstanding the fact that these figures are obtained from class A+ heaters.

People who have a swimming pool have also noticed that this type of installation is rather energy-intensive. Between the system to heat the water and to filter it, we quickly arrive at 1690 kWh/year, or 294 euros.

As for the kitchen, we note that American refrigerators are particularly wasteful of electricity: this model combined with a freezer consumes almost twice as much as a classic model, also combined with a freezer.

Finally, in the living room, the television is at 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” around 3 euros. This + this + this…

The extended tariff shield

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

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

Nevertheless, the government could not prevent a price increase of around 15% from February 2023. “For a household, it will correspond to 20 euros more per month on its energy bill, rather than 180 euros”, d after the Prime Minister.

What are the small gestures to save?

Already in June, the main energy suppliers were calling for consumption to be reduced in order to avoid a potential shortage this winter.

But how to reduce its consumption? “By a few simple small gestures”, replied Ademe, at the end of June 2022.

Do not cover the heaters, put a lid over your pans, plug what can be plugged into multiple sockets, put a sausage under the doors, properly maintain your equipment… Everything is good to take.

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