Energy vouchers for low- and very-low-income households are due to be distributed to more than 5.8 million people this year. Energy vouchers are issued to households whose income does not exceed a certain amount and who occupy housing that is subject to housing tax (even if you are exempt from it). To take advantage of it, households must also declare their income to the tax office, even in the case of low or no income.
At the moment, the decree regarding the income ceiling for 2022 has not yet been published, but you can already check your eligibility on the government platform chequeenergie.gouv.fr.
It should be noted that in 2021 eligible households were required to provide proof of reference tax income divided by the number of consumption units (CU) of the household less than €10,800. The first person in the household counts as CU1, the second for CU0.5. and next after 0.3. Couples whose original tax income was less than €16,200, couples with a child whose RFR was less than €19,440, were thus eligible, with each additional person adding less than €3,240 to that RFR.
The amount of assistance in 2021 ranged from €48 to €277, plus an exceptional €100 bonus provided by the state at the end of the year due to energy price inflation.
Energy test direction
These checks, issued annually by the administration to low-income households without being asked to do anything, can be used to pay electricity bills (gas, electricity, wood, oil, etc.) or repairs. (qualifies for the former energy conversion tax credit). In the latter case, checks can be combined with MaPrimeRénov.
The work must be carried out by a certified specialist “Recognized guarantor of the environment” (RGE). If they are issued prior to the validity date shown on the check, invoices may be paid directly with those checks. It is also possible to finance works completed over the next two years by exchanging your check before it expires for another check valid for two additional years at chequeenergie.gouv.fr or by calling 0808 800 700.
Since last year, energy checks have also come in handy for the residents of Ehpad, Ehpa, USLD and ESLD, who can give them to their manager, who will give them for a fee.
For eligible taxpayers, the conclusion and opening of a new contract for the supply of gas or electricity (for example, in the event of a move) is also free of charge. The amount of costs for agency intervention in the event of a power outage for non-payment is also reduced by 80%.
In the event of a payment incident, taxpayers also benefit from electricity service during the winter holidays (November 1 to March 31) and exemption from the costs of refusing to pay.
Amount of aid
The amount of an energy check a household is entitled to is determined by its reference tax income and the number of people in its household, converted into “consumption units” (CUs).
Thus, for example, according to the scale set for 2021 (article 2 of the decree), a household of one person with three children (i.e. 2.1 UC), whose tax income is 6,000 euros, received a check for 202 euros. A single person (CU1) with the same income received an energy check for €146.
How to pay ?
Several possible options:
- Pay online at chequeenergie.gouv.fr using the control number, scratch code and customer referrals from your energy supplier. If the amount of the check is less than the amount of your next invoice, the balance will be deducted from the next invoice.
- The check can also be used to buy fuel (fuel oil, firewood, LPG): be careful, in this case A check can only be used once and there is no change. if the invoice amount is less than the check amount
- Send a check to his supplier with a copy of the latest invoice or a chart showing his customer testimonials.
- Benefit directly from your energy bill deduction: Request for future years can be made either on the chequeenergie platform or when sending a check to your supplier by ticking the red box that appears on the check.
- Give the check to the manager of their subsidized housing, their Ehpad/Ehpa, or their facility/care unit, who will deduct it from the fee.
Checks are issued for a calendar year and can be used until March 31 of the following year. Your operator (EDF, GDF, etc.) must accept them. If your account balance is less than your check amount, your operator will transfer the balance of your check to the next account(s). This assistance is non-refundable, except in the special event of termination of an energy contract, where the remainder of the check can be reintegrated into the closing balance, if necessary.
If your situation has changed during the year and this makes you eligible for an energy review (for example, your income fell below the threshold) or a higher amount (for example, your income fell below the threshold or you had a child), you can contact the Agency for services and payments to receive this assistance or more.
If you have already used your energy check in 2021, you can also ask your energy supplier to have the value of the check you are eligible for in 2022 credited directly to your next account(s) to avoid cashing out.
Shipping schedule for 2022
The list below shows the classification of departments in chronological order of submission. Thus, for each week, the departments indicated at the end of the list ” may, depending on unforeseen circumstances (especially routing), receive a significant portion of their energy checks during the next week. “. The time between sending and receiving at home is usually 2 to 4 days.
The administration clarifies that this is a preliminary schedule ” likely to change slightly to take into account the final amount of 2022 energy vouchers in each department “.
Please note that this schedule does not apply to previous year energy voucher recipients who have opted for automatic distribution of their 2022 voucher to a supplier. They will be informed of the amount and benefits of their energy voucher between 11 and 22 April.
March 30 to April 1 : 59, 62, Bas-Rhin (Strasbourg, 1st installment), Aire-et-Loire (1st installment), Guadeloupe (1st installment), Guyana (1st installment), Reunion (1st installment ), Martinique (1st game), 80 , 02, 60, Isère (Grenoble, 1st game), Corsica (1st game), Gironde (1st game), 08
From 4 to 8 April : 51, 55, 54, 57, 90, Isère (Grenoble, 2nd game), 88, 68, 52, 10, Deux Sèvres (1st game), 70, 25, 39, 71, 58, 89 , 21, 74 , Isère (excluding Grenoble, 3rd game), Guadeloupe (2nd game), Reunion (2nd game), Martinique (2nd game), 01, 73, 26, 03, 43 , 69, 07, 42, 15, 63, Gironde (2nd game), Er-et-Loire (2nd game), Corsica (2nd game), 77
From 11 to 14 April. : 78, Bas-Rhin (except Strasbourg, 2nd game), 93, 94, 75, Isère (Grenoble, 4th game), Gironde (3rd game), Deux-Sèvres (2nd game), 91 , 970, Guadeloupe (3rd installment) ), Guyana (2nd installment), Reunion (3rd installment), 977, 978, 92, 61, Corsica (3rd installment), 95, Isère (Grenoble, 5th batch), 76, 27, 41
From 19 to 22 April. : 14, Aire-et-Loire (3rd game), Ba-Reine (Strasbourg, 3rd game), 50, 72, 18, 45, 36, 53, 37, 49, 85, 44, 35, 22 , 29, 56 , Guadeloupe (4th game), Martinique (3rd game), Reunion (4th game), 23, 19, 87, 86, 16, 17, Corsica (4th game), 32
From 25 to 29 April : Aire-et-Loire (4th dispatch), 24, Gironde (4th dispatch), 47, 64, 40, 65, 66, 31, 09, 46, 12, 82, 81, 11, 34, 48 30, Corsica (5th dispatch), Guyana (3rd dispatch), Guadeloupe (5th dispatch), Reunion (5th dispatch), 976, 84, 13, 83, 06, 05, 04, Eure et Loire (5th dispatch)
NB: Some departments and cities are delivered within a few weeks (Reunion, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana, Corsica, Er-et-Loire, Deux-Sèvres, Gironde (including the city of Bordeaux), Grenoble and Strasbourg).