Energy check (gas, heat, electricity)

Verified 21 March 2023 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

Do you want to obtain financial assistance to pay your energy bills (electricity, gas...), or carry out some energy renovation work in your home? You can benefit from the energy check if you meet certain conditions. We will tell you what the conditions are to take advantage of them and how to use them.

The energy check helps you pay for the following expenses:

  • Energy Bills and Fuel Purchase (electricity, natural gas or liquefied oil, domestic fuel oil, wood, biomass or other fuels for heating or hot water production)
  • Energy charges included in your charge (kind of rent), if you are staying in a home or in an establishment (Ehpad or EHPA), independent living, long-term care facility or unit (LTCF or LTCF).
  • Work or energy expenditure for your home corresponding to those eligible for aid MaPrimeRenovate' (e.g. purchase of heat pump, insulation of walls from outside or inside, etc.)

They must imperative be carried out by a professional recognized environmental guarantor (EGR) :

Search for a company with the quality "Recognized Guarantor of the Environment"

Warning  

the energy check is not a bank check. It is not cashable from a bank.

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Energy check:

estimate your right in 3 steps

Depending on your situation, you can benefit from an energy check as owner or tenant. The amount varies from €48 to €277, depending on your household composition and income.

1. Determine the composition of your household expressed in "Consumption Unit (CPU)"

- 1 person = 1 CPU

- A 2nd person = 0.5 CPU*

- Each person more = 0.3 CPU*

*The last 2 values count for half if they concern minors in alternate residence in each of the 2 parents.

2. View your reference tax income (RFR)

He's on 1re page of your income tax notice.

3. Evaluate your entitlement to the energy check by dividing this RFR by your number of CPUs

If the result is less than €11,000 per CPU, your household can receive the energy check.

3 examples of calculation per focus

Example 1:

You live as a couple with 2 children

Your RFR is €20,000

You have 2.1 CPUs

Calculation of entitlement to the energy check:

20 000 (RFR) / 2,1 (UC)= € 9 523

This amount is below the threshold of €11,000

You are entitled to the energy check, for an amount of 76 €

Example 2:

You're single with five kids

Your RFR is €18,000

You have 2.4 CPUs

Calculation of entitlement to the energy check:

18 000 (RFR)/2,4 (UC)= € 7 500

This amount is below the threshold of €11,000

You are entitled to the energy check, for an amount of € 126

Example 3:

You live as a couple without children

Your RFR is €30,000

You have 1.5 CPUs

Calculation of entitlement to the energy check:

30 000 (RFR)/1,5 (UC) = 20 000 €.

This amount is above the threshold of €11,000

You're not entitled to the energy check

Did you know that?

When you are entitled to the energy check, you do not have to take any steps.

The energy check is sent automatically to your home in April.

Assess your situation with a simulator on Service-Public.fr

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Energy check:

estimate your right in 3 steps

Depending on your situation, you can benefit from an energy check as owner or tenant. The amount varies from €48 to €277, depending on your household composition and income.

1. Determine the composition of your household expressed in "Consumption Unit (CPU)"

- 1 person = 1 CPU

- A 2nd person = 0.5 CPU*

- Each person more = 0.3 CPU*

*The last 2 values count for half if they concern minors in alternate residence in each of the 2 parents.

2. View your reference tax income (RFR)

He's on 1re page of your income tax notice.

3. Evaluate your entitlement to the energy check by dividing this RFR by your number of CPUs

If the result is less than €11,000 per CPU, your household can receive the energy check.

3 examples of calculation per focus

Example 1:

You live as a couple with 2 children

Your RFR is €20,000

You have 2.1 CPUs

Calculation of entitlement to the energy check:

20 000 (RFR) / 2,1 (UC)= € 9 523

This amount is below the threshold of €11,000

You are entitled to the energy check, for an amount of 76 €

Example 2:

You're single with five kids

Your RFR is €18,000

You have 2.4 CPUs

Calculation of entitlement to the energy check:

18 000 (RFR)/2,4 (UC)= € 7 500

This amount is below the threshold of €11,000

You are entitled to the energy check, for an amount of € 126

Example 3:

You live as a couple without children

Your RFR is €30,000

You have 1.5 CPUs

Calculation of entitlement to the energy check:

30 000 (RFR)/1,5 (UC) = 20 000 €.

This amount is above the threshold of €11,000

You're not entitled to the energy check

Did you know that?

When you are entitled to the energy check, you do not have to take any steps.

The energy check is sent automatically to your home in April.

Assess your situation with a simulator on Service-Public.fr

The energy check is allocated means-tested.

To determine your entitlement to the energy check, you need to check 3 parameters:

  • Know the composition of your household expressed in "Consumption Unit" (CPU) knowing that 1 person in the household = 1 CPU, one 2e person = 0.5 CPUs and each additional person = 0.3 CPUs. These last 2 values account for half if they concern minors in alternate residence in each of the 2 parents.
  • Consult your reference tax income (RFR) on your tax or non-tax notice
  • Divide this RFR by your CPU count. This will help you determine if your RFR is below the threshold of €11,000 per CPU. Thus, if the result is less than €11,000 by UC, your home can receive the energy check.

The amount of the check is at least €48 and up to €277 TTC: titleContent.

Tableau - Reference level of tax income (RFR) per consumption unit (CPU)

Household

RFR less than €5,700 per CPU

RFR of €5,700 to €6,800 per CPU

RFR of €6,800 to €7,850 per CPU

RFR of €7,850 to €11,000 per CPU

1 person (corresponds to 1 CPU)

€194

€146

€98

€48

2 people (corresponds to 1 CPU + 0.5 CPU)

€240

€176

€113

€63

3 or more people (corresponds to 1 CPU + 0.5 CPU + O.3 CPU for each additional person)

€277

€202

€126

€76

You can do an online simulation to see if you are affected by the energy check and its amount:

Know if you are entitled to the energy check and how much

You have no no steps to take. The tax authorities are responsible for drawing up a list of persons who meet the conditions for the award of the contract.

This list shall be forwarded to the Payment and Services Agency (PSA).

It's the FSA that then sends the energy check to the people involved.

The energy check is sent by post once a year to your home (home or residential home or establishment). The shipment is in April.

It depends on the nature of the expenditure.

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Energy Bills and Fuel Purchase

Electricity or natural gas bill

You don't have to wait for your next bill to pay for electricity or natural gas. You have 2 possibilities:

  • You pay online on the energy check site by entering your check number, scratch code, customer references
  • You send your energy check by simple mail to your supplier. You must attach a copy of a recent invoice or schedule showing your customer references.

You can also request that your energy check be deducted directly from your invoice by your supplier.

This request can be made in two ways:

  • Either online on the energy check site
  • Or by checking the red box on your energy check before sending your check by simple mail to your supplier

You will no longer have to go through the next few years to use your energy check on this same contract if you are still entitled to the check.

FYI  

if the amount of your check exceeds your next invoice, the remainder of the check amount will be automatically deducted from subsequent invoices.

Purchase of fuel (fuel oil, wood, LPG...)

To pay for your purchase, you must remit your energy check directly to your supplier.

FYI  

if the amount of your check exceeds your invoice, there is no change.

Energy charges in your home or institution

To pay your energy charges included in your royalty, you must remit your energy check directly to your home manager or institution.

FYI  

if the amount of your check exceeds your next notice of due date, the remainder of the check amount will be automatically deducted from subsequent notices.

Work or energy expenditure for your home

You can pay your construction bill directly with your energy check at the EGR company you have chosen.

Search for a company with the quality "Recognized Guarantor of the Environment"

Your energy check is valid until 31 March of the year following its issue.

Its effective date is written on the check.

Yes, the energy check is stackable with the help MaPrimeRenovate'.

You must report the loss of your energy check directly online or by phone:

Who shall I contact

You will need to specify the following:

  • Your name
  • Your first name
  • Your tax number (listed on your tax notice)
  • Your address
  • And, if possible, the check number (indicated on the stub of the check letter)

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