The washing machine rumbles, and the coffee machine hisses: even household appliances have occasional aches and pains. But that’s no reason to throw them in the garbage can. They deserve a second chance. This protects not only the environment by saving resources but also our wallets. After all, a repair is much cheaper than buying a new one.
A good incentive is the repair bonus introduced last year, a funding campaign by the Climate Protection Ministry aimed at private individuals living in Austria. Funds totalling 130 million euros are available for this until 2026. By June 2023, 673,061 repair vouchers had been submitted.
200 euros per repair
If you have defective electrical appliances for the home or garden repaired, you can save 50 percent of the costs with the repair bonus and also do something good for the climate and the environment. The Ministry of Climate Protection will pay up to 200 euros per repair; consumers pay the difference.
Due to several suspected cases of fraud, the repair bonus had to be suspended at the beginning of July. The Ministry of Climate Protection tightened the safety net for processing the repair bonus over the summer. “In the future, the subsidy will be paid directly to the customers,” the ministry told APA.
Good news for those waiting for financial support: From September 25, 2023, the repair bonus can be applied again.
This will change for applicants: starting in the fall, the entire invoice amount must be settled at the repair facility, and the subsidy amount will be paid directly to the applicant. To this end, customers will have to provide their account number and contact details when generating the receipt.
- source: kurierat/picture: reparaturbonus.at
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