Freshly arrived in France and already having to deal with the administrative challenges associated with setting up utilities? Our guides to setting up electricity and gas service in France explain everything that you need to know about setting up utilities in the country.

How to Open Your Accounts for Electricity and Gas in France?

There are a few things that you will need to already have set up before you can open a utilities account in France, namely a French phone number and a French bank account. Our guide to moving to France explains everything you need to know about moving to France, from how to get a visa for France to how to set up your phone and Internet service in France. If you’re trying to anticipate a budget for your time in France, our guide to average energy bills in France will help you calculate some of the costs of living in France.

Will My Electronic Devices Work in France?
Find out more about plugs and voltage in France in our guide

Electricity and gas markets are open to competition in France, and you have to open an account with an energy supplier in order to have service. The electricity and natural gas delivery networks are run by Enedis (formerly ERDF) and GRDF respectively. Find out more about Enedis (ERDF) and GRDF, including when & how to contact them.

Need Help Finding an Energy Supplier and Plan? 
Find out more about plugs and voltage in France in our guide

How to Open an Electricity Account in France

In France you have a choice of electricity supplier. To start electric service in France, you need to choose a plan and supplier with whom you will open an account, which means that your first step is to compare prices and plans (in French). Our guides explain your price and supplier options as well as describe step-by-step how to open an electricity account in France.

Electricity Prices in France

Gas Prices in France

Setting up Propane

  • If your home in France is in a rural area, you may find it more practical to set up propane for your home, by purchasing propane bottles or maybe even get a propane tank installed. There are five main propane gas suppliers, and prices can vary greatly. Learn all about using propane for your home in France in our guide.

Switching Energy Suppliers

  • You have a wide choice of energy suppliers in France, so it’s worth comparing all the offers on the market to find which one is the most suited to your needs. Switching suppliers is easy, risk free, and can save you money on your energy bills. Learn more about how to switch energy suppliers in France in our guide.

Frequently Asked Questions About Energy

Understanding Your Energy Bill

  • Each energy supplier presents billing information slightly differently, which can sometimes be confusing – especially if French is not your first language! Our guide to understanding your French electricity or gas bill will help make reading your French energy bills a breeze!