More than six out of ten French people ready to reduce their energy consumption, according to a survey

More than six out of ten French people ready to reduce their energy consumption, according to a survey

On a daily basis, 82% of French people are willing to favor the “eco” program of their washing machine or dishwasher, and 79% to change their conventional bulbs for LEDs.

While the bosses of TotalEnergies, EDF and Engie called the French on Sunday, in a forum in the Sunday newspaperto limitimmediately (their) consumption of energy, electricity, gas and petroleum products“, a poll * published this Friday shows that a majority seems willing to make an effort. More than six out of ten respondents (63%) say they are ready to reduce their energy consumption today, according to this Elabe study for Les Échos, Radio Classique and the Institut Montaigne, to avoid the risk of shortages this winter and limit price increases.

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In detail, 41% say they are ready to reduce “a little“their consumption, and 22%”a lot“. “A majority of French people in all categories of the population say they are ready to reduce their consumption“, notes the study. Nevertheless, we note for example that executives and intermediate professions seem more determined than the working classes, as well as the under 50s compared to the over 50s, urban dwellers compared to rural dwellers, and French people who complete their of months without being restricted compared to those who must be restricted.

Efforts, all right, but what gestures would the French be determined to adopt? Favoring the “eco” program of your washing machine or dishwasher is the most cited (82%), just ahead of changing from conventional light bulbs to LEDs (79%). We then find the systematic unplugging of appliances on standby (72%), the reduction of home heating (67%), the drop in water temperature during showers (66%) and the reduction of car trips ( 64%). On the other hand, a minority of respondents is willing to use air conditioners or fans less this summer (45%).

Conditional efforts

But the French are not ready to make their contribution at any price. “Among the French who would be willing to reduce their energy consumption, 90% would do so under at least one condition“, underlines the study. The two most cited are the fact that everyone participates in this effort (population, companies, State, local authorities, etc.) and the guarantee that prices do not increase (respectively 62 and 58%). Finally, 15% of those questioned say they demand that the effort be limited.

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Only 10% of French people would therefore do so unconditionally. “A share that rises to 17% among environmental sympathizers and the French who make ends meet by saving, and up to 21% among the French who say they are ready to reduce their consumption a lot“, notes the poll.

Furthermore, the study shows that a large proportion of French people have already started to reduce their energy consumption, but for financial reasons. About one in two respondents say they have given up traveling by car (54%) and heating their home properly (46%) in recent months, in the context of soaring prices.

*Elabe study for Les Échos, Radio Classique and the Institut Montaigne. Sample of 1,000 people representative of residents of mainland France aged 18 and over (quota method). Interview by internet from June 28 to 29, 2022.

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