soon exceptional help, for whom?

Energy control: exceptional help soon, for whom?

ENERGY CONTROL. Two amounts of financial aid must be paid by the end of the year. The goal is to help the most modest in the face of rising energy prices.

[Mise à jour du jeudi 27 octobre 2022 à 08h37] In the context of rising energy prices, the government announced the payment of two exceptional aid between now and the end of the year: an exceptional energy allowance, as well as financial support for heating families with fuel oil. Think about it your income is taken into account in determining your eligibility. They must not cross a threshold. For outstanding energy control of fuel oil, you will have to be patient. The government has announced the imminent launch of a simulator on the site https://chequeenergie.gouv.fr/ to verify its suitability. The energy control is sent automatically for those who have already paid the fuel bill in the past with the classic energy control. For the others it will be necessary to wait for the opening of the online counter on November 8, forwarding the fuel bill. In total, 1.6 million families are affected. For outstanding energy control, he it must be paid to 12 million households, or the “lowest 40% of households” by the end of the year. For the moment, only the receipts make it possible to determine the contribution and its amount: they must be understood as less than 18,610 euros. Want to know more about government assistance? See our sheet:

Energy control aims to help low-income families pay their energy bills. With an estimated average amount of € 150, it will benefit 6 million families. This support replaced the social tariff system on 1 January 2018, after an experimental phase in four departments. It concerns both electricity (EDF, etc.) and gas (Engie, etc.), wood, diesel bills, etc.

Aid for fuel oil is reserved for households who actually heat with fuel oil. Last summer, Parliament released a sizeable envelope to support them in the face of the oil price explosion. The special allowance for heating oil must be paid from 8 November 2022 to 1.6 million households, which is half of the households that use diesel. The amount is between 100 and 200 euros. To qualify, your income must not exceed a ceiling.

The exceptional energy control, announced by the government in mid-September, aims to support the purchasing power of the most modest in anticipation of the energy crisis coming this winter. With an amount between 100 and 200 euros, this financial support concerns 40% of the poorest families, whose income does not exceed a ceiling, a total of 12 million families, according to the management’s estimates.

To limit the impact of the energy crisis coming this winter, the government has announced the extension of the tariff shield to “all families, condominiums, social housing, small businesses and smaller municipalities”. It will make it possible to limit the evolution of gas prices to + 15% in January 2023 and to + 15% of electricity in February 2023. This shield, lighter than the one implemented so far, will make it possible to increase the reduction in the bill. The supplement is estimated at 25 euros per month for gas fireplaces. For households that heat with electricity, the additional costs are estimated at 20 euros per month.

To be admitted to the energy audit: depending on the level of income and the composition of the family unit. The aid is subject to a maximum of resources, i.e. the reference tax income per consumption unit (PU). The Reference Tax Income (RFR) is displayed in the tax message. The number of CPUs depends on the size of the family. The first person is worth 1 consumption unit, the second is 0.5, and each additional person is 0.3 units. In addition, the law of 7 December 2020 allows residents of a certain number of establishments (including retirement homes) access to the energy voucher for 2021. The energy voucher is awarded to households whose reference tax income does not exceed:

  • 10,800 euros for a single person
  • € 16,200 for a couple (+ € 3,240 per additional person in the family unit).

The amount of the energy allowance depends on the household income and composition. The average amount of the energy voucher in 2021 will be around 200 euros. The minimum amount of the energy voucher is 48 euros and the maximum amount is 277 euros. In December 2021, all beneficiaries of the energy allowance received an exceptional increase of 100 euros. More details in the table below.

The amount of the energy check
Tax income of less than € 5,600 Tax income between € 5,600 and € 6,999 Tax income between € 6,700 and € 7,700 Tax income between € 7,700 and € 10,800
1 CU € 194 € 146 € 98 € 48
1 to 2 CPUs € 240 € 176 € 113 € 63
2 CU and more € 277 € 202 € 126 € 76

The Ministry for Ecological and Inclusive Transition has inserted a simulator on its website to let you know if you can benefit from the energy control. To use the government simulation tool, all you have to do is enter your social security number.

To use your energy control, nothing could be easier. Once received, you can mail your check or even hand it in person to the person or company you want to pay the energy bills to. This could be your energy supplier, the company carrying out the energy renovation of your accommodation, or even, for beneficiaries living in assisted living, the manager of the latter. When you receive an energy check, you can request automatic allocation from your energy supplier: this means that the following checks are automatically sent to your supplier, who charges them on your energy bill, without the beneficiary having to take any special precautions.

The energy control can also be used on the dedicated website of the Ministry for Ecological Transition to pay the electricity or gas bill. You will then need your check number and your energy supply contract references. They can also be used online via the website www.chequeenergie.gouv.fr.

The date of dispatch of the energy control depends on the department in which the beneficiary resides. In 2022, the energy checks will be sent between March 30, 2022 and April 29, 2022. On this page you can find the week of shipment by department. The validity period of the energy voucher is theoretically one year. Checks received in the spring of 2021 are valid until March 31, 2022. The additional check of one hundred euros, sent in December 2021, is valid until March 31, 2023.

After sending all the energy coupons, it is necessary to contact the body that manages the plant at the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition by the end of April. Customer service (0805204805) is available from Monday to Friday, from 8:00 to 20:00. A contact form is also available to not receive the energy voucher. Please note that normal reception of the energy check takes place between 2 and 4 days after sending.

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