If you have an older wood stove in your home that is used as a primary heating source, now may be the perfect time to upgrade it to a newer, more energy efficient and environmentally friendly model. The American Lung Association is currently sponsoring a Woodstove Changeout Program in Colorado that could give you anywhere from $400-$3000 off the purchase of a new wood stove.
What is it?
In an effort to create cleaner air conditions in Colorado, the American Lung Association is currently offering more than $900,000 in vouchers to upgrade old wood stoves to newer, EPA certified models. Businesses and homeowners in Boulder, Denver, Jefferson, Larimer, and Weld counties who use old wood burning stoves for their primary or significant heat source as eligible for a voucher between $400-$3000; the exact amount of the individual voucher depends on the income level and the type of replacement stove purchased.
How it works
To participate in this program, residents in the participating counties should submit a voucher application to the American Lung Association in Colorado (ALAC). If approved, the voucher will be valid for six weeks; during that time, the voucher can be taken to a participating retailer where an eligible replacement appliance can be selected. The retailer will then work with the resident to determine the exact voucher amount as well as to complete the installation. The voucher will serve as an immediate “coupon” to the retailer, while the retailer will then submit all qualifying documentation to the ALAC.
The Woodstove Changeout Program is currently accepting applications from Boulder, Denver, Jefferson, Larimer, or Weld counties. In order to apply, applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements.
Currently use a non-EPA certified woodstove, heater, or other heating appliance as a primary or significant heat source
Agree to turn in the old heating appliance and replace it with a new, EPA certified wood stove
Purchase a new stove with a participating retailer within 6 weeks
Fully complete a voucher application in advance, including photos and documentation of the existing heater and income level
For a full list of the terms and conditions of this program, please visit the American Lung Association website.
Why it matters
Woodstoves are still used as primary heat sources for many Colorado families. While wood is effective, many older wood stoves are extremely inefficient and release high levels of air pollutants; this affects the air quality of these families, as well as their surrounding neighbors and communities. Children, the elderly, and people with heart or lung disease are most at risk for health conditions associated with high levels of airborne fine particle pollution.
The Woodstove Changeout Program aims to work in three ways:
- Improve family lung health by reducing indoor air pollution by 70%
- Save money by burning energy more efficiently
- Improve outdoor air quality and public health
The Woodstove Changeout Program is the perfect opportunity to purchase a new woodstove for your home. For more information on the Woodstove Changeout Program or to learn more about our selection of environmentally friendly stoves, contact Mountain Man Fireplace & Chimney today.