Sometimes the postman delivers good news. In front of price spike, the energy check may turn out to be a welcome boost. Its objective is to help households in a precarious situation to pay their utility bills. gas, electricity either energy rehabilitation works.
About six million households are eligible for this state aid this year. It is distributed, according to the government calendar, until April 29, 2022.
From January 1, 2018, it replaces the social electricity rate and the solidarity gas rate.
How do I get the energy check?
For a person living alone, it is necessary to justify an annual tax income of less than 10,800 euros, 16,200 euros for a couple (+ 3,240 euros per additional person in the household).
The amount is included in 2022 between 48 and 277 euros depending on income and the composition of the household, therefore. And this, whatever the type of heating.
In 2021, the beneficiaries had received two checks. Once in April, in the traditional way, and a second time in December. However, this second control had been modulated up to 100 euros for all beneficiaries to “protect the purchasing power of the most modest”, explained the President of the Government, John Castex.
The tax authorities establish each year the list of beneficiaries according to the reference tax income (RFR) of the household and the composition of the household determined in units of consumption (UC). No action is necessary, the check arrives directly to the mailboxes.
However, at the end of April, once all the energy checks have been sent, if you have not received them, the customer service (0 805 204 805) is available from Monday to Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
How to use the energy bonus?
Please note that it cannot be charged at your bank. It is used to pay energy providers directly for various expenses (electricity, natural gas or liquefied petroleum, heating oil, wood, biomass or other fuels for heating supply or hot water production).
It can also be used to finance work or energy expenses, such as the insulation of your home. This aid is now also valid to pay heating costs in homes or nursing homes. Beneficiaries have until March 31, 2023 to use it.
The check is nominative, that is to say that the name of the beneficiary is indicated on the check.
Once received, you can mail your check, or even hand-deliver it to the person or business you want to pay an energy expense to. Il peut s’agir soit de votre fournisseur d’energie, ou bien de l’entreprise en charge de la réalisation de travaux de rénovation énergétique entrepris dans votre logement, ou encore, pour les bénéficiaires résidant dans un logement-foyer, du gestionnaire de the latter.
It can also be used on the dedicated website of the Ministry of Ecological Transition to pay bills. In this case, you will need the number of your check as well as the references of your energy supply contract.