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LIVING in the French countryside has its appeal to many, except when it comes to energy costs as they are 23% more expensive than the national average according to researchers.

Figures from the Centre de Recherche pour l'Etude et l'Observation des Conditions de Vie (CREDOC) show the average spent on energy costs in France is €1,450 per household per year.

However, households in smaller towns with less than 20,000 inhabitants pay 17% more, but it is worse in communes with less than 2,000 people where costs are 23% more expensive.

CREDOC say the reason behind the large difference is that many homes in the countryside are poorly insulated, and the main source of heating is either electricity or fioul.

Parisians living in smaller, well insulated properties enjoy energy bills, on average, 27% less than the national level.

CREDOC estimates that around 36% of people living in rural properties suffer so-called 'fuel poverty' and that people are also more susceptible to rising petrol prices as around half spend more than €120 a month on fuel.

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Jo Harrison

I live in a town with a population of around 1,000 and the fuel costs are high, I pay around €60 per two months for electric and probably about €1500 per year in oil for the hearing/hot water! It's more than I was paying in the UK, but so much nicer... :)


I live in the "country" near Tolouse and we heat with wood which I buy cut and dried. We live in a house about 500 sq Ms which we have devided in half into a winter house, ( we are Swedish and this is a common practice in old Swedish homes) very well insulated, and the "summer " house. It is on the garden while the winter house faces the street.We never spend more than 400 Euros a year on heating. We keep it about 20 to 22 all winter.Of course the insulating was costly as we did Swedish standard, which I thank the lord now we did, but we did it at the same time as the renovations were done.

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