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The summer is synonymous with sunshine, warm temperatures and longer days and it goes without saying that the electricity needs are much less important. Even if homes equipped with a pool or air conditioning tend to increase average consumption, the French spend 3 to 4 times less electricity in summer than during the winter.

Energy consumption of a home in summer

Energy consumption of a home in summer

Energy consumption in summer: the factors

Energy consumption in summer is rarely a concern as it is obvious that you are spending less electricity during the summer months. The days are longer and the heating needs are lower or nonexistent. It all depends on the climate of the region in which you live. The energy you consume comes from hot water, cooking and specific uses such as television or washing machine. Households equipped with a pool consume, of course, more electricity.

Energy consumption in summer: some figures

If we consider that a French household of 3 people consumes about 970 KWh per month during the cold period (heating and hot water with electricity), it consumes, on the other hand, 3 to 4 times less electricity in summer. Indeed, since heating accounts for 62% of energy consumption, it is quite normal to see the amount of your electricity bill drop considerably in summer. Hot water, on the other hand, accounts for 12% of energy consumption, ie 800 kWh per year per person. The rest of the consumption comes from lighting, cooking and the use of appliances.

How to reduce energy consumption in summer?

In summer, it's rare to see people worrying about the amount of their electricity bill, but it's possible to reduce it even further. The days being longer in summer, enjoy these long hours of sunshine for charge solar lamp batteries to light your garden or install a solar shower on your terrace. For those who own a pool, it is best to run the filter pump during off-peak hours and filter it for only a few hours a day.

For those who have a larger budget, it is also possible to install photovoltaic panels that will capture solar energy to heat your water and meet the energy needs of your home.