Energy Check: Only a few days left to use it


Energy Check: Only a few days left to use it

ENERGY CHECK. If you haven't spent your 2022 energy check yet, beware, it will soon be too late! Where can you use it? When will its 2023 release be released? Are you going to touch it this year? What is the amount ? Here's what you need to know.

[Updated March 20, 2023 at 11:24 a.m.] If you received an energy check in 2022 and you haven't used it yet, hurry, after March 31, it will no longer be valid. What is the energy check for and how can you spend it? You can pay your energy bills (gas, electricity, heating oil, wood...), but also pay certain expenses related to energy renovation work in your home. For those who are waiting for the 2023 energy check, a little more patience, it will be paid out later this year. Unlike other years where it was paid on March 31, in 2023 it will have to wait until April 21. The reason mentioned by the Minister of Energy Transition Agnès Pannier-Runacher a few days ago? "An exceptional workload" of state services.

Each year, approximately 5.8 million people are concerned by the payment of the energy voucher. Depending on income, beneficiaries receive an amount between 48 and 277 euros. Are you eligible? What are the conditions for benefiting from this boost? How much will you receive in 2023? Do I have to make a request or no action is necessary? We take stock with you.

The payment of the energy check is made by department. The 2023 check will be sent automatically from April 21, 2023 depending on your department of residence.

The energy check is awarded each year, depending on your income and the composition of your household. It is sent to you, automatically, on the basis of the information transmitted by the tax services, and provided that you have made your income tax return within the deadlines set by the tax authorities. You must also live in accommodation subject to housing tax (even if you are exempt). You can also decide to "pre-assign" it to your energy supplier.

The energy check is reserved for the most modest households. Its allocation depends on the resources of the household and the composition of the household: your reference tax income is taken into account. Please note that it must be less than 10,800 euros per consumption unit (CU). As an indication, a person represents a CU. The second person is counted at 0.5 and each person at 0.3 CU. To find out if you can benefit from the energy voucher, you must therefore divide your reference tax income by the number of consumption units in your household.

Very concretely, this means that the reference tax income must not exceed:

To determine your eligibility for the energy check scheme, you can go to the site dedicated to the energy check. There is no simulator in the strict sense of the term. On the other hand, we invite you to enter your tax number to determine if you are eligible for the device. By entering your tax ID, the site tells you whether or not you are concerned. If this is not the case, the following message is displayed: "If you nevertheless think that your household fulfills the conditions of income and composition to benefit from the energy voucher, or, if you are an approved operator for housing in rental intermediation and you wish to check the eligibility of a sub-leased household for the energy check, you can nevertheless continue with the eligibility test". You are then invited to complete a questionnaire comprising three questions.

The amount of the energy check depends on the resources and composition of your household. To determine this, the government has established a scale. Here is the scale that applies in 2022.

As you can see, a single person can receive an energy check for a maximum amount of 194 euros in 2023. Note that the energy check can be combined with the Ma Prime Rénov aid, the device that replaces the tax credit for Energy Transition (CITE).

You don't have to do anything. The energy voucher is awarded automatically. In practice, it is the tax administration that sends the list of eligible households to the Services and Payment Agency (ASP). The latter is in charge of editing and sending the check by post. Eligible households therefore receive it automatically, without having to fill out any form. There is therefore no point in contacting the services in charge of the energy check if you are not eligible.

Energy check assistance can be reached on 0 805 204 805 (freephone number), Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. "In case of heavy traffic, we recommend that you call in the morning from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., or at the end of the day from 5:00 p.m.", we warn on the energy check site.

Are you sure you meet the conditions for the energy check, and yet there is no trace in your mail? In this case, contact support, either via the contact form on the dedicated site, or by telephone. Remember to bring your tax notice. "To be able to benefit from the energy check, you must have declared your income to the tax services (even if your income is low or zero)", we recall in the Frequently Asked Questions. "After having regularized your situation, you will be able to apply for an energy check. On the other hand, if you have still not declared your income for the following year, you will no longer be able to claim the benefit of the energy check".