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Before you can truly enjoy your French home, you’ll need to have your utilities connected and set up any automatic debit payments. When you buy your home, your estate agent will usually help you with the firts vital services. There…
If you want to stay in control of your French telephone and broadband services some new protection has just become available to address the unauthorised taking over of a customer’s account without their agreement.
High up on everyone’s list when setting up a new home in France is getting a telephone line and broadband service ahead of time so it will be ready for the day they move in.
Keeping the flame alive! Cosy evenings in Paris by a crackling fireplace are back in the game as Paris Prefecture kills ban on open fires
Some useful facts and tips about water supplies in France and how to get your home connected.
While La Poste provides anciliary services like banking and insurance, the primary function of the French postal service remains to distribute mail. Letters for destinations within France usually arrive the next day provided they are posted by the cut-off time…
One of the most eco-friendly methods of heating your home has to be by using wood as a preferred source of fuel and few other countries are as well stocked with this commodity as France…
The main supplier of electricity to domestic homes in France is EDF (Electricité de France) which is state owned. Other electricity providers include CNR (Compagnie nationale du Rhône) and Endesa (through SNET). EDF now have an English language page on their website and English speaking staff.
There are three options for electricity tariffs, Base, Heures Creuses and Tempo. Base is a set price per kWh depending on the power supply, which can be from 3 – 36 kVA. Most properties which opt for this option choose either 6 or 9 kVA. The higher powers are usually for someone running business machinery.
The standard domestic electricity supply in France is single phase 230 volts, 50Hz. What makes life more interesting is the fact that you can choose your level of power supply. Read our useful guide about electricity supply in France…
For a domestic dwelling the standing charges by EDF for a 3-phase supply can be higher than that of single phase, but where there is a large load requirement it is often the only practical solution.
Lot resident Tim Atkins shares some of his research and experiences of trying to decide the best and cheapest way to heat his French home. With tax credits of 50% now being offered on wood burning stoves, together with reduced TVA rates of 5.5% instead of the normal 19.6%, they could be an attractive option…
Lot resident and regular Forum contributor Papibryn shares some of the results of his research into alternative energy solutions for homes in south west France. In this article he outlines the options for solar heating.
The price of the water will be based on your consumption for most houses and there will also be an annual rental and a redevance (tax) to the Adour Garonne water agency.
Here is a list of telephone numbers and websites for the main gas, electricity, water and telecom service providors in Brittany.