The government increases subsidies for the purchase of boilers for renewable energy

Jean’s house in Lagny-sur-Marne (Seine-et-Marne) is still under construction. Some finishes are on the agenda but the heat pump is well installed. From April 15, MaPrimeRénov’s state subsidy, which aims to encourage energy-efficient refurbishment of homes, will increase by 1,000 euros for households that switch from a gas or oil boiler to a renewable energy boiler. The measure aims to reduce the impact of rising energy prices, particularly related to the war in Ukraine, by limiting dependence on heating oil and gas.

Like Jean, more and more French people are opting for heat pumps. At 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 that offers pleasant heating comfort. I was afraid to switch to electric, but everything is being done to electrify energy consumption. In this logic it was obvious for me.”

It is actually electricity that powers the machine. This sucks the calories out of the surrounding air to return them as heat. “If we take the example of a bicycle pump, your arm corresponds to your electrical energy: we compress and generate heat”, popularizes Fabien, plumber. In this way, the heat pump can restore four for one kilowatt of electricity consumed.

According to Fabien, it is an efficient alternative to conventional boilers. “The price of gas is rising and the price of heating oil has exploded. Electricity is something we control, but we still need to minimize consumption. The heat pump is therefore the ideal solution.” On average, a household uses three to four times less energy. “That gives you an idea of ​​the savings we’re going to make.”

In view of these good results, the requests multiply. More than a million heat pumps were sold last year. But the installation remains expensive: “Today, you have to reckon with 15,000 to 18,000 euros for a good heat pump”, explains the technician. The MaPrimeRénov’ subsidy must be deducted from this amount. “It’s a scale with four categories associated with colors. We were in yellow and were therefore entitled to €3,000.”explains Jean.

If he had done the work after April 15, he would have received 4,000 euros. Despite everything, he still saved 8,000 euros on his bill by adding other tools. Overall, the amount of MaPrimeRénov’ is limited to EUR 8,000 for low-income households and EUR 10,000 for very low-income families (without the new bonus). Everything for a satisfactory result: “A few small things still need to be fixed, but the heating comfort is there. You hardly hear him. There are really no negative points to complain about.”greets Jean.

But beware of fraud or cheap pumps! The French are very often asked, often by telephone, by companies to encourage them to carry out this work. However, according to professionals, the installation of a heat pump requires a minimum of reflection. “There are some minimum precautions to be taken”recalls franceinfo Jean-Yves Mano, President of the Consumers’ Association housing, housing and housing (CLCV). “First, don’t rush to sign a quote after canvassing. In addition, energy-saving advertising is prohibited.” In particular, reference is made to the period of trade fairs and exhibitions on energy-related refurbishment. “It is a place of absolute scams in energy saving work. We let you sign offers up to 30,000 euros without going to your home.”he says.

Jean-Yves Mano describes the different possible scams: “On the prices, on the quality of the equipment – which does not necessarily have to correspond to the offer made – on the quality of the work…”, he lists. he implies “Big companies subcontract the work and at the end of the day you don’t have the quality”. In addition, some professionals “sometimes tell you about benefits you are not entitled to”. Jean-Yves Mano therefore advises against it “Basic Principle” from “Ask any France Rénov’ agency. There are 450 in France where you can get all the advice you need.”

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