Linky EDF meters. Photo taken in Bourgoin-Jallieu on January 29, 2020
Linky EDF meters. Photo taken in Bourgoin-Jallieu on January 29, 2020 (MICHEL THOMAS / MAXPPP)

If you have a Linky connected meter (the famous …), you can monitor your electricity consumption as closely as possible and thus know if you risk paying more because of the confinement. To do this, you must go to the site of your energy supplier or install its mobile application (EDF and Me, Engie Particuliers or Enedis by my side). Each of these applications allows you to have a detailed vision of its consumption, with small fairly explicit graphics.

But there are a few subtleties. You must first specify if you want monthly, daily or half-hour readings. Half hour tracking is the most accurate. It allows you to know exactly at what time of day, you go a little hard. This sometimes holds surprises. For example, a peak in the middle of the afternoon because you bake children’s cakes in your electric oven.

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We have to appeal to the latest consumption analysis technologies. For this, you must have installed at your electrical circuit breaker, just after the meter, a sensor that can control consumption, such as a water meter. This is what, for example, the French startup Ecojoko offers.

Using an app and a device that looks like a meter, placed on a piece of furniture, this solution allows you to assess your electricity bill in real time and in advance. Ecojoko claims to use artificial intelligence tools that also allow you to find out which devices consume the most in your home.

That said, to know with precision if it is your washing machine or your electric plate which inflates your bill, even the Linky counter, which we have however accused of spying, does not know how to do it and the means the more reliable is to install connected electrical outlets that measure real consumption device by device in real time.

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