Change Out Old Wood Burners and Save
If you use an old wood burning stove or fireplace insert, here’s a chance for you to upgrade to a cleaner burning unit and save some money!
During March and April, the ‘Great Okanagan Wood Stove Change Out Program’ offers a minimum $150 rebate off the suggested retail price of a new EPA/CSA emission approved replacement appliance through participating retailers, manufacturers and distributors. Consumers receive the rebate when they surrender their old wood burning appliance for recycling. Participating Central Okanagan retailers will take care of recycling your old stove and complete all the necessary paperwork for the rebates. This rebate is in addition to a $250 rebate offered by the Regional Air Quality program until December 31st (while funds last) when customers replace their old polluting wood burning appliance with a newer technology one that carries the EPA/CSA certification.
Since 2001, almost 600 Central Okanagan homeowners have saved money through the program. In the Okanagan, smoke from wood burning stoves and fireplaces is the greatest source of particulate matter next to open burning. Particulate matter is one of the main pollutants that leads to poor air quality and can have serious health impacts. It’s estimated over 20,000 valley homes are still equipped with inefficient conventional wood stoves or masonry fireplaces, adding a lot of smoke pollution. Regional Air Quality Program Coordinator Kate Bergen says, “Wood stove smoke contributes to poor air quality throughout the Central Okanagan. By replacing old wood burning fireplaces and stoves with newer technology certified appliances homeowners will burn 1/3 less wood and reduce smoke by up to 90%. And that will help us all breathe a little easier!”
Bergen adds, “To learn more about proper wood heating practices, we have new videos full of useful information on proper wood burning and getting the most out of your stove. Links to these short videos can be found on regionaldistrict.com/airquality.”
Contacts: Kate Bergen Regional Air Quality Program Coordinator email@example.com 250-469-8408 Bruce Smith Communications Officer 250-469-6339