Clean Air and Comfort for Your Home - Replace your old wood burning stove and save

If it's time to upgrade your old wood burning appliance to a cleaner burning unit there's an opportunity available to save some money.

While funds last the Regional Air Quality program’s Wood Stove Exchange is offering rebates of $250 when customers purchase a new, cleaner burning EPA/CSA certified woodstove, and recycle their old, polluting wood burning appliance. Participating Central Okanagan retailers will take care of recycling your old stove and provide all the necessary paperwork for the rebates.

In addition to the $250 rebate, during March and April participating retailers may offer an additional rebate of $150 or more off the suggested retail price of new wood burning appliances. Some retailers may extend the additional rebates for the entire year, so be sure to check with your local retailer for more information.  For those wanting to exchange their old wood burning stove or insert for a gas appliance, Fortis BC is offering an additional $300 rebate for eligible EnerChoice gas fireplaces.

Since 2001, more than 650 Central Okanagan homeowners have taken advantage of the rebate program and exchanged their old stoves for cleaner burning models. Smoke from wood burning produces particulate matter, one of the main pollutants that leads to poor air quality and can have serious health impacts. It’s estimated over 12,000 valley homes are still equipped with inefficient conventional wood stoves or masonry fireplaces, adding a lot of smoke pollution.

Regional Air Quality Program Coordinator Nancy Mora Castro says, “Smoke from inefficient wood fireplaces and stoves contributes to poor air quality throughout the Central Okanagan.  By replacing old wood burning appliances with newer, cleaner-burning certified technology homeowners can use up to one-third less wood and reduce smoke by up to 90 per cent.  That will help us all breathe a little easier.”

To take part in the program, visit one of the participating retailers in the Regional District of Central Okanagan, or contact the Regional Air Quality Program for more information. A list of participating retailers can be found at regionaldistrict.com/airquality.

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