Power cuts: eco-gestures to put in place from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.


Will France escape power cuts this winter? Nothing is less sure. By updating its forecasts last week, RTE – operator of the electricity transmission network – gave the alert for the month of January. If the next few weeks will escape rotating load shedding, “high” tensions are to be feared in the heart of winter. Here are the months most conducive to potential rotating load shedding, if the gap between electricity demand and available supply becomes too great.

If it will of course be necessary to adapt its electricity consumption in the event of rotating load shedding, it is important to do so now. In its analysis for winter 2022 and 2023, RTE invites individuals to carry out numerous eco-gestures throughout the day, without waiting to be forced to do so by the lack of electricity. “These gestures are rarely presented from the angle of the power called”, explains the network manager, stressing that “it can be difficult to assess the priority to be given to this or that eco-gesture as well as the effects on the electrical system. if they are implemented by a large number of households”.

For greater efficiency, RTE therefore publishes a list of things to do and not to do according to the time of day and in order of priority. Certain gestures are to be adopted now and throughout the day to avoid the worst-case scenario, while others intervene at specific times of the day and not every day. From waking up to going to bed, here are the habits you can change.