Is it possible to combine an environmentally responsible budget and purchasing power?

Are economic changes the enemy of purchasing power? The slogan of the yellow vests – “End of the world, end of the month – the same struggle” – brought to the fore for many the question of the necessary balance between environmental imperatives and controlled costs. In the conditions of rising energy prices, this issue remains relevant. Yes, it is possible to have a more sober, greener way of consuming while saving money…if you are clear about your needs.

Food and clothing. Several apps and websites tackle waste. Too good to go offers to buy daily surplus food at a lower price. For sellers (hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, etc.), this is a good way to dispose of unsold goods. Consumers see the price of their basket drop. This system would save millions of meals. A gesture for the planet, as a third of the food produced in the world ends up… in the trash.

The Hophopfood app offers the same system, but between individuals. It also opened up to merchants to allow them to distribute their unsold goods to vulnerable people. The brand is a winner as it refunds 60% of the product cost as a tax credit.

These solutions are widely used by students like 24-year-old Agatha, who started a geography course and is a future teacher. “I check Too good to go in the morning to see if there are dishes that need to be packed for the evening. It’s convenient because I can’t afford a restaurant,” she says.

For household appliances and clothing, retail programs such as Vinted or Le Bon Coin are also a valuable tool to bring ecology and economy together. A young student is also a client here. She uses Vinted “a lot” to “buy brand name clothes for a third of the price”. With Too good to go, the combined use of the two programs saves her “around €100 a month,” she estimates.

Housing and energy. If certain buildings were not heat sinks, their occupants would benefit from much better purchasing power. “There is no instant solution,” moderates Laurent Lascol, a professor of sustainable finance at the University of Paris Dauphine. A sober consumption and investment regime is required to gain purchasing power! But if you’re making a sustainable investment, you need to know that it will pay off… in the long run. In this area, the government has increased assistance such as Maprimerénov, zero-rate eco-credit or energy control…

Antoine, 28, a tenant of an energy-intensive 45 m2 one-room apartment in Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis), hopes that renovations and insulation of the external walls carried out by the owner will allow him to “reduce the bill”. How much is this electricity saving? “Almost 25%, or almost 400 euros per year,” he analyzes.

Transport. The purchase price of an all-electric electric motor is often high, but the savings later give reason for reflection. 57-year-old Arthur, a Parisian and restaurant worker in the suburbs, decided on a Volkswagen ID SUV at the beginning of the year. 4: “Combining the €6,000 government subsidy and the 5% discount because I’m a former customer, I bought it for around €31,000. “Since February, having swallowed 4,200 km of road “with ease”, he has spent about 337 euros on electricity.

“The operation is very profitable,” smiles one who can also park for free in several cities, including Paris. His salesman Alexander Sahinoglu, an expert on Volkswagen products in the capital, assures him: “With the increase in the price of gasoline, the cost of parking, it is better to drive fully electric. Moreover, the aid is significant and accumulative. Some cities such as Drancy (Seine-Saint-Denis) offer, for example, 1,500 euros. »

The brand expert also thinks about smaller budgets: “I recommend the e-Up!, our small electric city car, equivalent to a Fiat 500 or a Renault Twingo.” It starts at €26,400 but can drop to €19,600 if the customer combines a €6,000 environmental bonus on any electric car purchase with a €2,500 conversion bonus for diesel engines registered before 1 January 2011, and locomotives registered before January 1, 2006.