We have lived here in Paradise for seven years now in a lovely old house that in recent years has been added to, renovated and generally upgraded into the comfortable home that it is now.
Unfortunately, it’s evolution has meant that the energy system (electricity and tanked gas) has grown a bit like tipsy without much concern for efficiency.
It’s a 4 bedroom house with an attached one bed gite. We have an large, unheated swimming pool and a new hot tub. Our main heating in winter is via a wonderful wood burning stove and our water is heated by three “ballons” and our cooking and central heating is by tanked gas. We are on “Heures Creuse, tarif bleu” with a 12 kVA supply.
Our EDF annual bill is approx 4,000€,
We spend about 1,400€ on tanked gas each year (this is down by about 1,000€ since installing the wood stove)
Our wood stove burns about 2 steers of fuel (600€) per annum.
This gives a total of almost 6,000€ total energy consumption per annum. Our local friends in similar properties pay much less and we would like to do so as well.
Two independent electricians have checked our supply and confirmed that our electricity meters are correct and have helped us make modest changes, but what I think we need more than anything is an impartial energy adviser who can point us in the right direction for perhaps major changes to our entire energy system. It may mean solar/photovoltaic panels or other methods about which we have little current (?) knowledge.
Can anyone please help with contact details for such a paragon?
Many thanks for any help you can give.