"Saving - Autonomous", the energy upgrade work grant program, heading for the big "premiere".
A few days ago, the new dates were announced on which the application process for each region will begin.. The "foot" will be from Epirus and the Ionian on 11 December, while they will follow Attica, Central Greece and Peloponnese and, gradually, all zones of the country.
In addition to the instructions issued by RIS, A large proportion of property owners who have not had experience with previous "Save at Home" programs are expected to have difficulty applying. Iefimerida.gr spoke with Costas Lasko, president of the Panhellenic Association of Certified Energy Inspectors, writing a comprehensive guide, with all the steps that should be followed by those interested in "Saving - Autonomous".
The 5 steps for "Save - Autonomy"
According to Costas Lasko, "The first step to be taken to join 'Save - I'm is telephone communication, initially due to the pandemic, with an energy inspector. In this conversation the property owner will provide the basic information in order for the inspector to determine if the main conditions are met., such as whether everything is legal, if it is a main roof and so on ".
Owners should know that they will be "cut" from "Saving - Autonomous", if they had joined the immediately preceding cycle of "Saving".
"If all goes well, an appointment should then be arranged, during which the energy inspector will do an autopsy on the property. In this contact, the owner will explain which interventions he is interested in, while the energy inspector will file, without imposing, his own suggestions. Let's not forget that "Saving - Autonomous" is about energy upgrades, but in practice it leads to a renovation of the building. The frames offer thermal insulation, but also security, aesthetics while giving value to the building "explains Mr.. Laskos.
After this stage, will start the real "work" for "Saving - Autonomous". As the president of the Association of Certified Energy Inspectors tells iefimerida.gr, "At that point the inspector will start doing the study, that is, to bring out the results of the interventions to see if the goals are achieved. If yes, we are preparing the proposal for the interventions and the application "
Costas Laskos, President of the Panhellenic Association of Certified Energy Inspectors
According to Costas Lasko, the application phase is done by the project consultant. "It can also be done by the individual, but the process usually causes "headaches". The project consultant is anyone who can cut a receipt. We say you should definitely be an engineer and, even better, energy inspector. "They are the ones who know how to manage the 'paperwork'", points out Mr.. Laskos and adds:
"By submitting the application, except in some cases going to secondary school, the owner learns whether or not to enter "Save - Autonomy". Then comes the decision to freeze money and after a month, nouns, work begins "
The final step
At this stage the work begins. According to Costas Lasko, "It is up to the owner to choose independent garages, whether it will take a workshop that does it all or an individual craftsman, like a plumber ". "Saving - Autonomous", beyond its financial part, it has been completed. It is reminded that for those who need further information can contact the helpdesk for "Saving - Autonomous".
The fine print of "I save" that needs attention
For "Saving - Autonomous" there are some points that need attention. According to Costas Lasko, the first part concerns… fluid.
"In case the application for" Saving - Autonomous "has been approved, the remaining percentage of the subsidy must be paid in advance by the owner. That is, if he has caught a subsidy of his order 60%, should be given 40%, either by bank or through a loan "he explains.
In addition, the fee of the Energy Inspector or engineer is covered by the program, but only if the application is approved. "Even if the application is rejected, however, the owner will have at his disposal a specialized energy certificate that will help him in the next program such as "Save" or in any,what he needs for his property "he says, looking a little further, Costas Laskos.
The "trap" with the subsidy -Which houses are favored
The basic criteria for "Save - Autonomy" are income. But they are not the only ones, "Warns" the president of the Association of Energy Inspectors:
"After the completion of the works, a second will come, necessarily another, energy inspector to close the dossier. This inspector will check that they entered, e.g., frames with these features, this collector, and asks for the legal documents. All these systems are accompanied by a necessary paperwork, the so-called product sheets. So he checks that all this exists, puts them in the file and keeps them for inspection "
The second inspector, according to Costas Lasko, will issue a second certificate, from which the height will finally be determined (rate) of the subsidy. In "Saving - Autonomous", emphasizes, "There is a clause that comes out in kilowatt hours. Nouns, The actual energy savings before and after the interventions are “weighed” and this is multiplied by the 1,2 of the kilowatt hour ".
What does this mean;
The above process has a key consequence, as it will act as a "cutter". Mr.. Laskos describes exactly what it means:
"Saving - Autonomous" is a program cut and sewn to the measurements of older buildings. Buildings from the ‘80s onwards, after the thermal insulation regulation, they will have some more difficulty getting in. Because three classes will have to go up and the final grant will not be what it seems at first. Briefly, the subsidy rate may eventually, after the second inspection, be much lower ".
My application was not approved - What can I do?
The resources for "Save - Autonomy" are not unlimited. When the process for each zone opens, applications will be stopped when the maximum capital corresponding to each region is "caught". Therefore, it matters how fast each owner moves.
This does not mean, however, that the… end has come. "The money available to" Save - Autonomy "is the most that has been given by similar grant programs. But some will be left out. RIS has survived, and is committed to it due to its commitment to EU energy saving guidelines, that after the end of the program a continuous will start, ongoing program of the type "I save". It will not have independent cycles, as we know it to this day. "Anyone who makes the application will come in," says Costas Laskos, President of the Panhellenic Association of Certified Energy Inspectors.
According to reports, inside 2021 will be given the "green light" for the next phase of "Saving - Autonomous".