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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