The state will once again be offering rebates to homeowners who replace older, inefficient woodstoves with cleaner, EPA-certified wood and pellet stoves that use less fuel, reduce energy costs and improve air quality.
The Commonwealth Woodstove Change-out Program will provide $450,000 to state residents who meet eligibility requirements. The announcement was made by state energy and environment officials during a tour of The Fire Place in Whately on Thursday.
The program has helped more than 2,300 residents swap out dirty, inefficient stoves for newer, cleaner models, with 50 percent of funding going to low-income residents. In an effort to promote air quality, all newly installed stoves are required to exceed federal emissions standards. The program has also increased its incentive to support stoves that have proven high efficiencies.
To qualify for a rebate, a resident must have an operational, non-EPA-certified woodstove. To apply, the resident should visit a participating woodstove retailer or contact a participating stove professional such as a chimney sweep, who will handle the rebate application process on the residents’ behalf. Residents across the state can find a local participating woodstove professional by viewing the list of woodstove dealers who have registered to participate.
Rebate applications will be accepted until August 5, 2019.
The Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program was created in 2012 and is administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), with assistance from the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).
For questions on the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program, contact by phone at (617) 315-9300 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.