GRANTS AND TAX CREDITS
A range of grants and tax credits are available, primarily but not only for energy-saving improvements, and for the most part only if the work is carried out by registered, qualified professionals. It is advisable to check with the local mairie to find out which tax breaks and grants are available in the area.
The main schemes in 2017 are: • Le Crédit d’Impôt pour la Transition Énergétique (CITE) – a state tax credit for work that reduces energy consumption, for example, improved heating, insulation or energy production projects. The tax rebate is calculated at 30% of the cost. For those who are not taxable, the rebate is paid by cheque from public funds.
• L’Éco-Prêt à Taux Zéro – generally known as an interest-free mortgage rate when purchasing a property, however it is also available as an interest-free loan for energy-improving renovation work. Certain conditions apply.
• La Prime Énergie – a bonus system put in place by the main energy-producing companies in France to encourage individuals to improve insulation (wall and roof) and for renewable energy systems. Run by CertiNergy, the bonus is paid as a bank cheque.
• Le Pacte Énergie Solidarité – a one-off financing by the main energy and oil suppliers in France for attic insulation in poorer households. Means-testing applied.
• Les aides de l’Agence Nationale de l’Habitat (ANAH) – again available for insulation improvements and installing modern energy systems, as well as to adapt buildings for elderly or disabled residents.