Is harmonization of an environmentally responsible budget and purchasing power possible?

Is economic transition the enemy of purchasing power? The yellow vest slogan – “End of the world, end of the month, same struggle” – has brought to the fore for many the necessary balance between environmental imperatives and controlled costs. In the context of rising energy prices, the issue remains relevant. Yes, it is possible to have a more sober, more sustainable way of consuming while saving money… as long as you clearly define your needs.

Food and clothing. Several apps and websites are fighting waste. Too good to go shop offers to buy daily surplus food at a lower price. For merchants (hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, etc.) this is a good way to get rid 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 the way for merchants to give away their unsold goods to people in need. The brand is a winner as it recovers 60% of the product’s cost as a tax credit.

These solutions are widely used by students such as Agatha, 24, enrolled in a geography course and future teacher. “I check in the morning for Too Good to Go if there are dishes to pack for the evening. It’s convenient because I can’t afford a restaurant,” she says.

For home appliances and apparel, retail apps like Vinted or Le Bon Coin are also a valuable tool for bringing ecology and economy closer together. A young student is also a client there. She uses Vinted “a lot” to “buy branded clothes for a third of the price.” With Too good to go, she estimates that using the two apps together allows her to save “about 100 euros per month.”

housing and energy. If some buildings were not heat sieves, their occupants would benefit from much more purchasing power. “There is no instant solution,” moderator Laurent Lascole, professor of sustainable finance at Paris-Dauphine University. To gain purchasing power, you need a sober mode of consumption and investment! But if you’re making sustainable investments, you should know that they will work well…in the long run. In this area, the government has multiplied aid such as Maprimerénov, a zero-interest environmental loan or an energy check…

Antoine, 28, a tenant of an energy-intensive 45 m2 two-room apartment in Montreuil (Saint-Saint-Denis), hopes that the renovation and insulation of the exterior walls undertaken by its owner will allow him to “cut the bill.” How much is this savings on electricity? “Almost 25%, or almost 400 euros per year,” he analyzes.

Transport. The purchase price of an all-electric car is often high, but the savings made later are food for thought. Artur, 57, a Parisian and suburban catering worker, took the plunge earlier this year with the Volkswagen ID SUV. 4: “Combining the €6,000 government aid and the 5% discount, as I am a former customer, I bought it for around €31,000. “Since February, having swallowed 4,200 km of smooth-running roads, he has spent about 337 euros on electricity.

“The operation is very profitable,” smiles the one who can also park for free in several cities, including Paris. His salesman, Alexander Sahinoglu, a Volkswagen product expert in the capital, assures him: “With rising petrol prices, parking costs, it is better to switch to all-electric cars. Moreover, the help is considerable and cumulative. Some cities, such as Drancy (Saint-Saint-Denis), offer 1,500 euros, for example. »

The brand’s expert also thinks of a smaller budget: “I recommend the e-Up!, our small electric city car, similar to the Fiat 500 or Renault Twingo.” It starts at €26,400 but can drop to €19,600 “if the buyer combines the €6,000 environmental bonus for any electric vehicle purchase with the €2,500 conversion premium for diesel vehicles registered before 1 January 2011, and thermal cars. registered before January 1, 2006.