Wood Stove Change-Out Programs

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25C Tax Credit for Qualifying Biomass Stoves has been extended through December 31, 2016

Wood Stoves

The Wood Stove Change-Out Campaign will provide area residents with incentives to replace their old, dirty-burning wood stoves that emit excessive smoke with today’s cleaner-burning, more efficient hearth heating appliances. The wood stove change-out concept was created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, and has been successfully employed in many other areas of the country.

When you burn, Do You:

• Smell smoke in the house?
• Notice smoke coming from the chimney?
• See more dust around the house?
• Experience watery eyes and stuffy noses?
• Have to constantly feed the stove with wood?
If you answered Yes to any of these questions, consider replacing your old wood stove.

Old wood stoves can create up to 15 times more pollution than new EPA certified stoves.

Cons

Pros

Old Wood Stoves Disadvantages:

  • Using lots of wood every winter
  • Unburned wood in stove in morning
  • Lots of ash after each burn
  • Creosote Buildup
  • High Risk of a chimney fire
  • Smoking out your neighbors
  • Smoke Pollution inside the house
  • Dusty house
  • Watery eyes, stuffy noses
  • Aggravated Asthma symptoms
  • No view of actual fire
  • Warm House!

Certified Wood Stoves Advantages:

  • 30% less wood each winter
  • Complete use of wood in stove
  • Weeks between removing ash
  • Easier chimney sweeping
  • Lower risk of chimney fire
  • 70% less smoke outside
  • AND 70% less smoke inside
  • No wood ash dust around house
  • Severely reduced symptoms like watery eyes, stuffy nose and Asthma
  • Enjoy the view of a fire!
  • Warm House!

Certified Pellet Stoves Disadvantages:

  • Fan noise
  • Needs electricity to run
  • Must buy pellets
  • • $1,700—$3,000 for an appliance

Certified Pellet Stoves Advantages:

  • No wood cutting/splitting
  • Weeks between removing ash
  • Easier chimney sweeping
  • Lower risk of chimney fire
  • Less smoke inside and outside
  • No wood ash dust around house
  • Watery eyes/stuffy nose and Asthma symptoms due to smoke severely reduced
  • Enjoying the view of a fire!

Gas Stove Disadvantages:

  • Fan noise
  • May need electricity to run
  • Potentially plumbing gas to appliance
  • $2,000—$4,000

Gas Stoves Advantages:

  • No Wood, No Ash
  • Less chimney sweeping
  • No Smoke Inside or Outside
  • Watery eyes/stuffy nose and Asthma symptoms due to smoke removed
  • Enjoying the view of a fire!

Benefits of cleaner-burning appliances

  • Healthier: Decrease pollution and improve air quality
  • Safer: Decrease chimney buildup and reduce the risk of a home fire
  • More efficient: Use less wood and save money
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EPA Burn Wise: Burn Wise is an educational campaign that encourages people to burn only dry, seasoned wood or wood pellets and includes messages about cost savings, improved safety and health benefits. Because being more energy efficient means burning less wood, reducing smoke and polluting less.

Earn financial incentives when you switch to cleaner, more efficient wood burning stoves.

Learn more about incentives where you live by clicking on the link below:

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