You're No Good For Me But Baby I Want You, I Want You
Well turns out I should have done my research.
I have EDF, and I can be away from home. As I mentioned before I have a Linky in my home, which is really great for that, but at some point my Linky stopped reporting. I wasn't aware. And I ended up getting a bill from EDF that was astronomical. There was no way an empty apartment could have used that much electricity.
So I went to my women's group to ask them for advice, because I wasn't sure what to do. Obviously I had to pay the bill no matter what, but I wanted some clarification on what all of the charges were for, and if there was anything I could do to fight some of them. That's when I was told that I needed to stop using EDF, because they were/are ‘the most expensive’, and I should instead use Total.
Yeah I’m a little confused too on how some electric companies can be “more expensive” than others. Do electricity companies set their own rates and EDF is Dior and Total is H&M? Is one electricity better than the other so they charge more? I’m sure there’s some explanation for rates and kilowatts and grids and blah, blah, blah, but I don’t care.
Total is a big company in France too. They used to be a petroleum company, but had rebranded themselves to become Total Energy. That's why I had never considered them; I knew them as gas. I decided to check them out after being given the advice that they were much cheaper.
I come from an American city where we only have one energy company. They hold the monopoly, and there is no such thing as "cheaper" electricity. I was pretty confused by how Total could be "40% cheaper", but I ended up being impressed that they promised 100% clean energy. In France they’re big on nuclear energy, and as an American that has never sat well with me. I would actually pay more to ensure it comes from wind or solar. Being guaranteed that they were cheaper (per their website) and being 100% clean? Sure, sign me up.
A girl in my women's group sent this to everyone asking why their EDF bills are so high
I cannot yet tell you if Total is in fact cheaper, because I pay the flat rate, but it's something to look into. I guess it's normal to shop around in France. You can also look into service from Enegie as an alternative too.
The NYT report on the soaring cost of energy bills: