Fall in oil prices, mild winter… A look back at the decrease in the energy bill of the French.
In 2014, the energy bill of the French fell by nearly 7% compared to the previous year, falling below the 3,000 euros mark. Each French household has indeed spent an average of 2,980 euros, according to a report published on July 24 by the Ministry of Ecology.
A drop that offsets the rise in electricity prices
All sectors are concerned. Heating expenditure in homes fell by 11% due to a particularly mild winter. As for the gas bill, it has fallen sharply. Another explanation for the reduction in the bill: an overall drop in fuels, directly linked to the prices of petroleum products. Due to the fall in oil prices from mid-2014, the average fuel expenditure per household also fell by 60 euros over the year.
“Generally speaking, these various reductions offset the rise in electricity prices”, concludes the journalist from France 2.