Living France - - INSIGHT -

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.

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