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Act soon if applying for wood heating grant in France as aid to drop

The means-tested support to switch heating systems will be cut by 30% in April

The government paid out more than €769million in aid for these systems in 2022 Pic: mahc / Shutterstock

Act fast if you plan to install or switch to a wood-fired heating system, as grants for this are decreasing by 30% from April 1 with the reform of the MaPrimeRénov’ scheme.

It represents a reduction of between €300 and €750 in support for households with intermediate and moderate incomes respectively. 

Highest-income bands do not get this help. 

Read more: Heat your house in France with wood? How to apply for aid

Homeowners switch to save money and the planet

The federation of stove and fireplace installers (FIPC) and the national wood pellet heating association, Propellet, said the reduction will “jeopardise French pellet factories” as well as an entire industry, “which is currently the largest employer in France, with 440,000 direct and indirect jobs”.

Between 2020 and 2023, French homeowners flocked to wood-fired heating systems for environmental reasons and to save money. 

Consumer association UFC-Que Choisir says that the government paid out more than €769million in aid for these systems in 2022.

Prior to President Macron’s government reshuffle, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, the then-Minister for Energy Transition, said the decision was taken to preserve French forests.

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