Discover the 6 details you should check on your electricity bill every month!

Energy prices have soared in recent months. Electricity is also become more expensive. This winter is probablybe difficult for the French because their electricity consumption will increase.

The government has a tariff shield for the year 2022 and 2023. But this one assistance will only be temporary. Then at some point you have to manage.

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The Minister of Economy assures us that the rise in electricity prices can contain. Yet it is time to adopt good habits regarding your electricity bill. Here are some explanations.

Pay attention to these 6 elements of your electricity bill

the electricity bill template each supplier is different. But you often find the same information there. Indeed, there is a decree that obliges suppliers to name specific articles.

you will find Your personal informationthat of the supplier, the technical data of the contractyour electricity usageetc. to your electricity usageyou should view the following information at: your electricity bill :

The unit price of electricity.

This information is expressed in kWh on your electricity bill. This unit price makes it possible to: know the evolution of the cost of electricity.

The price of your subscription

Whatever your electricity consumption, your Invoice depends on your subscription from your energy supplier.

The rate you choose

you share this will verifyfor example if you are doing well at the basic rate or at the peak/off-peak rate.

The power of the meter subscribed to

The higher the meter power:the higher your subscription.

Electricity Contribution and Tax Billing

It is about :

  • The tariff contribution for the transmission of electricity (CTA).
  • The contribution to the public electricity service (CSPE).
  • The tax on final electricity consumption (TFCE).


Two kinds VAT are included in the amount calculation which you will have to pay. It is about :

  • 5.5% VAT at the price of CTA and your subscription.
  • 20% VAT at the price of CSPEof the TFCE and the price per kWh.

What are you actually paying on an electricity bill?

the quantity froman electricity bill depends on two parameters:

  • A fixed part which depends on your subscription,
  • a variable part that depends on your electricity consumption.

According to Regulation of energy consumption (CRE)the price you have to pay corresponds to:

  • 35% electricity supply : this amount, paid to suppliercovers commercial management, production costs and his electricity purchases. This price is not the same for every supplier.
  • 34% before taxes and premiums : they are collected by the supplier and paid to the government.
  • 31% for routing and network usage : the government sets this rate. This amount must be paid to them by the supplier.

You can estimate the amount of your bill using the tools of online simulator. But you can also estimate the daily consumption of your equipment using the following formula:

Daily use X number of days per year X wattage / 1000.

How do I dispute my electricity bill?

You are confronted with an electricity bill what do you think is abnormal? If you are sure thatthis is not a change by new consumption habits, check the following: :

  • A damaged electrical appliance and consume more energy.
  • A billing error from your supplier
  • an omprice increase electricity from your supplier
  • A meter problem (at the expense of Enedis, if the problem is proven, otherwise it is your responsibility).
  • A meter fraud : a third party steals your electricity.

You can also contact customer service directly from the supplier displayed on the front of your electricity bill.

you will find there important information such as his address (e-mail, post), his opening hours, his phone number (no surcharge) for repairs or complaints. This service can find the cause of the problem.

But if you are not satisfied with the proposed solutioncan you a registered letter accompanied by supporting documents by post to the consumer service.

Supplier response and action must take place within 2 months of submitting your application. But if nothing happens after this period, you are free to contact the energy broker. He will organize the official mediation.

How to reduce the amount of your electricity bill?

Dealing with inflationthe government promised energy coupons to help the most in trouble pay their energy bill. However, ADEME advised: eco actions to optimize your electricity consumption. They recommend:

  • Decrease the heating temperature by 1°C to save 7% energy.
  • Cover pots and pans while cooking to cook food faster.
  • Defrost the fridge.
  • Turn off your standby devices to save 10% electricity.
  • Wash clothes at a low temperature (30°C instead of 90°C) for divide by three consumption of machinery.
  • Put the dishwasher in eco mode save for 45% electricity usage.
  • Use LED lighting
  • Carry out energy renovations if you can afford it.
  • Change your current electrical equipment for more energy-efficient equipment. Go for those classified A, A+, A++ or A+++.


But you can also switch to a cheaper electricity supplier. Depending on the case, the price difference can range from 15 to 200 euros. An online tool offered by the National Energy Ombudsman exists to compare all electricity offers.

Some providers offer: test a simulator to find out the amount of your electricity bill. But even if you change provideryou shouldn’t see one blackouts.