At the end of 2010, the consumer association "the UFC to choose" took a very close look at the energy saving certificates by pointing out certain drifts. Little known to the general public, these certificates would however bring hundreds of thousands of euros every year to major energy suppliers, mainly thanks to individuals. So to inform its readers, this week HandymanDuanche has conducted its own investigation on these famous certificates.
What is a certificate of energy saving?
The energy certificate is a measure taken under the law of 13 July 2005 setting the guidelines of the French energy policy. Its aim is to encourage major energy suppliers (electricity, gas, fuel oil) to save energy and encourage their customers to do the same. If they have not achieved the required targets, no less than 345 Twh for the next three years, ie from January 2011 to December 2013, the large groups will then have to pay financial compensation to the State. Specifically, these certificates are mere notes in an official register, obtained mainly during building improvement work to reduce their energy bills.
Who benefits and how?
In partnership with many installers, the major players in the energy sector called "obliged", collect copies of invoices and declarations of completion of work of individuals, the "not obliged", to exchange with the DRIRE against certificates d 'energies. A relatively ambiguous practice, because individuals are almost never aware of it. So according to "The UFC to choose", the copies of the insulation bills of the roofs of a midsize house would bring about the equivalent of 1500 euros in certificates to the energy suppliers without the beneficiary of the works in be informed. Opaque operation denounced by the "UFC", but also by groups Leclerc and Auchan who take the opposite of these unscrupulous methods by offering their customers "energy bonuses" in return for their energy certificate.
Whether you own or rent your home, Leclerc and Auchan, as energy suppliers, offer you to enjoy a "premium energy" during some work to reduce your energy consumption. This bonus is in the form of vouchers, obtained in exchange for a copy of the invoices of the work done and a certificate of completion signed by the client and the contractor. Some examples of work eligible for this bonus:
Insulation work on floors, walls, attics and windows.
The implementation of condensing boilers, biomass or low temperature.
The installation of an intermittent timer or an outdoor sensor on an existing boiler.
Installation of thermostatic faucets.
The installation of a heat pump.
The installation of wood heating, solar water heater and underfloor heating.
Low energy bulbs. Consult the complete list of works that can benefit from this bonus on the ADEME website.
In order to benefit from this, each client must complete a file on the Internet or by post to have it validated by Leclerc or Auchan before the start of the work. The site must imperatively be performed by an authorized professional. Namely, these premiums can stack with tax credits.
Attention, if you want to take advantage of the energy premium do not forget to warn your installer otherwise, it is likely to resell your future certificate without even telling you and your file will be rejected at both Leclerc and Auchan.