Wood stove exchange programs in communities throughout B.C. will share another $200,000 in funding to help more people swap old wood stoves for new high-efficiency models, Environment Minister Terry Lake announced today.
The Province is providing $200,000 to the BC Lung Association to expand and continue the successful wood stove exchange program. Local governments, non-profit organizations and airshed or air quality management organizations interested in starting or extending a wood stove exchange program are invited to apply by Oct. 14 for programs beginning January 2012.
New high-efficiency wood stoves are proven to burn one-third less wood, reduce emissions by up to 70 per cent and significantly reduce risks of chimney fires. But there are still about 120,000 old, inefficient wood stoves in use around B.C. These units can affect the health of homeowners, their neighbours and overall airshed health.
Provincial funding allows participating communities to provide a $250 rebate on the purchase of a new wood stove, insert or pellet stove. Many local governments provide additional rebates and waive permit fees.