What is an Average Energy Bill in France?
What does the average gas and electric bill look like in a French home? Utility bills in France are among the lowest in Europe thanks to a strong reliance on nuclear energy and hydropower. However, household electricity bills tend to climb very quickly if you don't know how much energy your home appliances are really consuming. Compare your home to the average energy usage of similar French households.
Here is the average electricity consumption estimated by us for fully electric housing according to their surface area (at the regulated rate, subscription included, for a meter power of 6kVA - rate updated in February 2021):
- 20 m²=> 3800 kWh / year => € 730 per year or € 61 per month
- 30 m²=> 5,450 kWh / year => € 991 per year or € 83 per month
- 40 m²=> 7,000 kWh / year => € 1,237 per year or € 103 per month
- 50 m²=> 9,150 kWh / year => € 1,577 per year or € 132 per month
- 75 m²=> 12,450 kWh / year => € 2,101 per year or € 175 per month
- 100 m²=> 15,500 kWh / year => € 2,584 per year or € 215 per month
- 120 m²=> 18,350 kWh / year => € 3,036 per year or € 253 per month
How Do I Estimate my Energy Consumption in France?
Use our estimation tool to help you calculate your annual energy consumption and costs (in French)
A typical French household consumes about 4760 kWh electricity per year, on average. However, your specific energy consumption depends on your energy usage and your accommodation:
- Energy used for heating
- Energy used for hot water
- Energy used for cooking
- Surface area of your home
- Number of occupants
- How well-insulated your home is
- Overall energetic performance of your appliances
- Your consumption habits (e.g. how much time you spend at home)
What is an Average Household Electricity Bill in France?
The size of your electricity bill in France depends on how much you consume, and also the characteristics of your home. Here we've outlined a selection of average bills based on different consumption profiles. Note that electricity bill amounts can change depending on the supplier and power delivery - in France it is worth comparing competitive offers to find a lower rate for your electricity supply. You can also find more tips to lower your electricity bills, as well as a translation of the technical terms in your French energy bill.
|Energy Profile||Yearly power consumption||
Regulated tariffs for electricity
Online and Green offer
Classic Electricity offer
|30 m² apartment with collective heating and water heating, 2 occupants||1669 kWh||391 €||365 €||381 €|
|80 m² apartment with electric heating and water heating, 4 occupants||14 520 kWh||2519 €||2297 €||2429 €|
|180 m² house with electric heating and water heating, 5 occupants||26 746 kWh||4536 €||4954 €||4370 €|
Estimations calculated for an average level insulation.Last updated: July 2021.
Find out more about electricity prices in France in our guide.
What is an Average Household Gas Bill in France?
Distinct from the cost of electricity in France, the average gas bill depends on not only how much gas your household consumes (consumption class), but also your municipality (tariff zone), as some places are easier to serve than others with natural gas which affects transport costs and therefore the gas price. However, as is the case with electricity, households with natural gas supply can reduce their gas bills by choosing a supplier with lower gas rates. Competitive suppliers often offer lower rates than the regulated tariffs.
|Energy Profile||Yearly gas consumption||
Regulated tariffs for gas
Advantage Gas offer
Online Gas offer
|100 m² apartment with gas heating and water heating, 4 occupants||16 320 kWh||1316 €||1274 €||1225 €|
|200 m² house with gas heating and water heating, 5 occupants||26 746 kWh||1997 €||1923 €||1848 €|
Estimations calculated for an accommodation in Paris with average insulation. Last updated: July 2021.
Find out more about natural gas prices in France.