January 28, 2023

Energy wood check: who can benefit from government aid?

Posted Nov 28, 2022 10:57 AMUpdated Nov. 28, 2022, 10:59 a.m.

It is now official: the Parliament definitively adopted, last Friday by a vote of the Senate, a last rectified budget for 2022. Among other provisions, aid of 230 million euros for households heating with wood was passed, with 218 votes for and only one against.

Who can benefit from it and how? In an interview with the “Parisien” published on Sunday, the Minister of Public Accounts, Gabriel Attal, gave the details of this device intended for households heating with logs or pellets. The aid will be modeled on that intended for homes using fuel oil.

Aid of 50 to 200 euros

To benefit from it, household income must not exceed a certain amount: up to 2,260 euros for a single person and up to 4,750 euros for a couple with two children. Depending on these resources, the amount of the check will be 50 euros to 200 euros.

Contacted by “Ouest-France”, Bercy specifies that the amount of the aid will also depend on the mode of heating. Eligible households heating with pellets will be entitled to 200 euros in aid, if they are among the most modest households. And at 100 euros for higher income levels. As for those heating with logs, the aid will be 100 euros for the most modest and 50 euros for higher incomes.

How to get it?

The dedicated counter will open on December 22. You will need to connect to the government site chequeenergie.gouv.fr and specify your electronic filer number and the amount of your bill. About “3.4 million French people heat themselves with wood”, wrote the Socialist deputies when they tabled this amendment. However, “the price of pellets has gone from 300 to around 600 euros per tonne in less than a year. The price of the stere of wood has also risen sharply”.

According to the Ecological Transition Agency (Ademe), “a household that heats with wood spends between 48 and 78 euros/MWh to equip, use and maintain a stove, insert, or log boiler and between 73 and 103 euros/MWh for a pellet system”. This is less than the cost of gas or electric heating, the amount of which “is between 84 and 154 euros/MWh”.

Assistance in addition to the exceptional energy check

A whole series of devices have been planned this year for heating to help households cope with soaring energy prices. The flagship measure is the exceptional energy check, ranging from 100 to 200 euros. This is a measure inherited from the Castex plan for 2021. For this year, the government has announced that this aid, paid in December, will be extended. The number of beneficiaries will double to 12 million households. Eligible persons do not have to do anything to receive it.

For households heating with domestic fuel oil, an “exceptional fuel oil operation energy check” is also planned, in the amount of 100 to 200 euros, from this month of November. It should benefit 1.6 million low-income households heating with fuel oil and unable to benefit from the shield put in place for electricity and gas.

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