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Factsheet for measure GR-2022-40/3102 Updated – measures in Greece

'Saving - Autonomy' programme for residential buildings' energy upgrade

Exikonomo-Aftonomo (Εξοικονομώ -Αυτονομώ)

Country Greece , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 October 2022 – 15 November 2023
Context Green Transition, European Semester
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Support for spending, stimulus packages
Author Penny Georgiadou (INE GSEE)
Measure added 20 February 2023 (updated 25 April 2024)

Background information

"Saving - Autonomy" is the current program of energy upgrade and autonomy of housing, and is the successor of the previous programs entitled "Saving at Home", A and B cycle. The ministerial Decision FEK B'5628 amends the previous relative Decision (112232/1033/20.11.2020) concerning the implementation of the "Saving - Autonomy" program. The program aims to:

  • Reduce the energy needs of buildings and pollutant emissions.
  • Save costs for citizens, improving daily living conditions and comfort.
  • Achieve a cleaner environment.

Applications for the program started on 11 December 2020 and after two consecutive extensions, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the high citizens’ interest ended on 19 March 2022.

The completion of the project has been extended until 15 November 2023.

Content of measure

The program provides incentives for energy saving interventions and enhancement of energy autonomy in the residential building sector, with the aim of reducing energy needs and consumption of conventional fuels, in the context of the transition to a "Smart Home". Beneficiaries are individual persons who own a home.

The program provides for a separate budget (€100 million) for vulnerable households, while special care is given to single-parent families, large families and households with disabilities. The application period started from 11 December 2020 until the budget will be exhausted.

Applications for funding are submitted electronically by the possible beneficiaries through the platform of the Program . Eligible for the Program are the costs related to works:

  • Replacement of frames installation.
  • Upgrading of thermal insulation and heating.
  • Hot water systems using Renewable Energy Sources (RES).
  • Other saving – autonomy interventions (photovoltaic, smart home, elevator upgrade).

The total budget of the program is €896,750 million. Maximum eligible budget per beneficiary is €48,500 for a single home and €76,270 for an apartment building.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

12 September 2023

On 12 September 2023, the Ministry of Environment and Energy announced the extension, by two months, of the possibility to apply for inclusion in the programmes: 'Save 2023' and 'Save – Renovate for young people'. The new deadline for the submission of applications by potential beneficiaries is set at 15 November 2023 (from 15 September 2023, which was the previous deadline

Use of measure

After the completion of the application submissions for the "Save 2023" programme on 15 November 2023, and according to the announcement of the Ministry of Environment,and Energy, a total of 31,549 applications were submitted to the "Save 2023" program, with a total budget of €422,105,074, from all regions of the country

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Does not apply to businesses Single parents
Other groups of citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Company / Companies
European Funds
National funds
National Recovery and Resilience Facility

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: N/A


There is no involvement of social partners.

Views and reactions

GSEVEE with various interventions during 2021 and 2022 demanded the inclusion of SMEs in the program.


  • 09 July 2021: «Εξοικονομώ - Αυτονομώ»: Την ένταξη μικρομεσαίων επιχειρήσεων στο πρόγραμμα ζητά η ΓΣΕΒΕ (
  • 28 April 2022: Εξοικονομώ 2021: Ρεκόρ ενδιαφέροντος με 87.578 αιτήσει (
  • 27 October 2022: 3η τροποποίηση της Προκήρυξης του προγράμματος «Εξοικονομώ- Αυτονομώ (
  • 20 February 2023: Εξοικονομώ - Αυτονομώ (
  • 12 September 2023: Παρατείνεται έως τις 15 Νοεμβρίου η υποβολή αιτήσεων σε «Εξοικονομώ 2023» και «Εξοικονομώ – Ανακαινίζω για νέους (
  • 16 November 2023: Ξεπέρασαν τις 38.000 οι αιτήσεις που υποβλήθηκαν στα προγράμματα «Εξοικονομώ» και «Ανακαινίζω (


Eurofound (2023), 'Saving - Autonomy' programme for residential buildings' energy upgrade, measure GR-2022-40/3102 (measures in Greece), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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