the effect of the explosion in prices is already being felt on the French bill

published on Sunday January 02, 2022 at 12:40 p.m.

Every year, the French receive invoices for regularization of gas and electricity at the end of the year. And according to France Bleu Toulouse, the price increases announced in recent months are already being felt on the wallet.

Often, January 1 is synonymous with price increases, and in 2022, the French have reason to be a little apprehensive. Announced a few months ago, the gas and electricity should continue to increase.

This is why the government has already implemented measures to reduce the bill. But the regularization invoices received at the end of 2021, they already reflect the impact of these price increases, reports France Bleu Toulouse, Sunday, January 2.

“Bills increase while our consumption decreases. We also have a site that allows you to consult our consumption every day, which allows you to be careful, when a radiator is on, it increases immediately”, notes in particular a resident of the pink city. In its latest economic report dated December 14, 2021, INSEE shed light on the rise in energy prices and its impact on the budget of French households.

Three-digit regularizations

“The consumer prices of gas, fuels and, to a lesser extent, electricity increased sharply between December and 2020 and October 2021, by around 41% (gas), 21% (fuels) and 3% (electricity)”, explains the report. During this period, the increase in energy expenditure for French households soared, increasing by 64 euros per month. And even if the government has announced a freeze on the regulated gas price until April 2022, the co-founder of Ilek, a Toulouse green energy supplier, confides on France Bleu Toulouse that “Electricity prices will continue to increase in 2022 and 2023. The market price at which electricity is traded today has increased tenfold.”

At this supplier, the price of gas per kilowatt / hour has almost multiplied by 2.5 between December 2020 and 2021. Consequences: the adjustments amount to hundreds of euros. The establishment of an energy check and inflation compensation by the government may therefore not be sufficient. The co-founder of Ilek is adamant: “Jean Castex may well have promised to create a kind of tariff shield by limiting this increase, that will not be enough to cushion it.”

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