The Government increases aid for the purchase of renewable energy boilers

Jean’s house, in Lagny-sur-Marne (Seine-et-Marne), is still under construction. Some finishes are on schedule but the heat pump is well installed. As of April 15, state aid MaPrimeRenov ‘- intended to encourage the energy rehabilitation of homes – increases of 1,000 euros for households that go from a gas or fuel oil boiler to a renewable energy boiler. The measure is intended to reduce the impact of rising energy prices, especially linked to the war in Ukraine, by limiting dependence on fuel oil and gas.

Like Jean, more and more French people are opting for heat pumps. In his house, a module is installed in the garage and the pump is in the driveway outside the house. “I hesitated with a gas boiler, which offers a nice heating comfort. I was afraid to go electric, but everything is done to electrify the energy consumption. In this logic, it was obvious to me.”

Actually, it is electricity that powers the machine. This sucks in calories from the ambient air to restore them as heat. “If we take the example of a bicycle pump, your arm corresponds to your electrical energy: we compress and produce heat”, popularizes Fabien, installation technician. Thus, for one kilowatt of electricity used, the heat pump can restore four.

According to Fabien, it is an efficient alternative to traditional boilers. “The price of gas is rising and the price of fuel oil has skyrocketed. Electricity is something we control, but we still have to minimize consumption. The heat pump is therefore the ideal solution”. On average, a home will consume three to four times less energy. “That gives you an idea of ​​the savings we are going to make.”

Given these good results, requests multiply. Thus, last year more than a million heat pumps were sold. But the installation is still expensive: “Today, to have a good heat pump, you have to count between 15,000 and 18,000 euros”, details the technician. From this sum should be deducted the aid from MaPrimeRénov’. “It is a scale with four categories associated with colors. We were in yellow and therefore we were entitled to 3,000 euros”Jean explains.

If he had done the work after April 15, he would therefore have received 4,000 euros. Despite everything, adding other aid that accumulates, he still saved 8,000 euros on his bill. In total, the amount of MaPrimeRénov’ is capped at €8,000 for low-income households, €10,000 for very low-income families (not including the new bonus). All for a successful outcome: “There are still some things to fix, but the heating comfort is present. You can hardly hear it. There are really no negative points to complain about”welcome Jean.

But beware of scams or low cost bombs! Very often, companies ask French people, often by phone, to encourage them to do this work. However, according to professionals, the installation of a heat pump requires a minimum of reflection. “There are a series of minimum precautions to take”remembers in franceinfo Jean-Yves Mano, president of Consumer housing, living environment (CLCV), a consumer association. “First of all, please do not hastily sign a budget after a survey. In addition, the promotion of energy saving is prohibited.” Alert in particular about the period of energy renovation fairs and exhibitions. “It is a site of absolute scams in energy saving work. We make you sign budgets of up to 30,000 euros without going to your house”he says.

Jean-Yves Mano details the different possible scams: “Of the prices, of the quality of the equipment -which does not necessarily correspond to the quote issued-, of the quality of the work…”, list. he implies “Big companies outsource to do the work, and at the end of the day, you don’t have the quality.” Also, some professionals “Sometimes they talk to you about aid to which you are not entitled”. Therefore, Jean-Yves Mano advises as “basic principle” from “Ask a France Rénov’ agency. There are 450 in France where they will give you all the advice you need.”

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