Money Thermal renovation. Aid, bonuses ... How to bring your accommodation up to standard without breaking the bank?

16:50  30 july  2020
16:50  30 july  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Energy renovation, ecologically and economically virtuous, is now a national priority. To finance the work, many aids exist.

Buildings are the second sector that emits the most greenhouse gases in France, after transport. The government therefore wishes to encourage the thermal renovation of housing, in particular for individuals, who gain by lowering their energy bills ... But between the multitude of aid, the cost of the work and the fear of fraud, an energy renovation project can seem confusing.

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Where to start?

Before getting started, things must be done in order, starting by taking stock of existing installations, for example through an energy audit. This step will define the work to be carried out according to the objective: insulation of the walls, new windows, change of the heating system ...

How much does it cost?

The cost of energy renovation can vary significantly depending on several criteria: geographic area, type of materials or initial condition of the building. According to , a study by Ademe from November 2019, the average price for a renovation operation would be between 5,000 and 7,000 € excluding tax for homes of less than 80 m2, to reach 12,000 € excluding tax in housing of 200 m2.

I have an oil-fired boiler: what should I do?

As of January 1, 2022, no more oil or coal-fired boilers: it will be forbidden to install any or replace them with a boiler of the same type in the event of a breakdown. 3.5 million homes are still equipped. Several alternatives are possible: stove, wood, gas or pellet boiler, heat pumps, etc. But this equipment is expensive (3,000 to 5,000 €, or even more than 10,000 € for some wood-fired boilers or heat pumps) .

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What are the financial aids?

It is difficult to list here all the existing aids, between tax incentives, bonuses from energy suppliers, subsidies from companies ... To find your way around, there is the platform faire.gouv.fr , which notably offers an aids simulator, as well as a list of RGE approved professionals (Recognized as guarantor of the environment). In addition to national aid, there is also that of local authorities. The National Housing Information Agency (Anil) is offering a new tool to identify them all after entering their postal code.

Who can benefit from it?

With the ambition to simplify things, the government launched in early 2020 MaPrimeRénov ’, direct aid, paid to individuals upon completion of the work. Initially reserved for the most modest households and owner-occupiers, it will be extended from January 1, 2021 to all, without income conditions, as well as to owner-lessors and condominiums.

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What are the pitfalls to avoid?

Overvalued quotes, false labels… Scams have flourished at the same time as government aid. After many complaints, the government has stepped up checks on companies. A law adopted on July 24 also prohibits canvassing for anything relating to energy renovation work, unless a contract is already in progress.

My landlord doesn't want to do any work, what to do?

From January 1, 2023, tenants of “thermal strainers” (who have an energy performance diagnosis classified F or G) may require their owner to do work. The forthcoming decree will even allow the case to be submitted to the judge who may decide to freeze the rent or prohibit the rental of housing, according to the Minister for Housing, Emmanuelle Wargon.

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