What is an Average Energy Bill in France?

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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.


Average electricity usage per month: the essentials

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 EDF
Regulated tariffs for electricity
Mint Energie
Online and Green offer
Total Energies
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 Engie ex GDF Suez
Regulated tariffs for gas
EDF
Advantage Gas offer
Total Energies
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.

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