Energy consumption: spending on fuel matches spending on domestic energy
In 2006, the proportion of French household budgets (7.3%) spent on energy was close to pre-1974 oil crisis levels. It peaked in 1985 (10.2%), as a result of strong rises in energy prices and the increasing use of cars. In 1987 and 1988, relative falls in prices following the oil price crash led to a significant fall in this proportion. It then stabilised and since 2002, with the new rises in oil prices, it has increased by 0.5%. Today, expenditure on energy is split roughly half and half between energy for domestic use and fuel. Of spending on heating, gas is now the most commonly used energy source. Since 2002, influenced by major price rises, fuel purchases have been decreasing in volume, both because of falling personal mileages and improved unit consumption per vehicle. Diesel, which is still less expensive than unleaded petrol, continues to boom.