Opening of the subsidy platform for new refrigerators and air conditioners

The platform for household aid to help them replace their old refrigerators and air conditioners was launched on Tuesday afternoon for the first group of tax numbers.

The “Switch device” website has gone live at

Members of the public wishing to replace up to three appliances – air conditioners, refrigerators or freezers – with more energy-efficient appliances can apply online on specific dates linked to the last digit of their tax identification number (AFM).

Holders of tax numbers ending in 1 or 2 could apply from Tuesday. Applications for numbers ending in 3 or 4 open on Wednesdays, 5 or 6 on Thursdays, 7 or 8 on Fridays, and 9 and 0 on Saturdays.

The application deadline is July 5.

The simple application procedure takes a few minutes.

Households will be able to obtain a subsidy of between 30% and 50% of the cost of each device (i.e. 135 to 710 euros per machine), depending on declared income criteria and additional bonus points for the most vulnerable households.

The program does not cover interest rates if buyers pay in installments, nor transport and installment costs.

Old devices will be picked up and recycled by vendors. [AMNA, Ekathimerini]

Karl M. Bailey