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2021 Wood Stove Exchange Funding Now Available!

This years funding has just been approved and we would like to thank the following:

Our program is essentially the same as last year: you decommission or recycle an old inefficient wood burning appliance and you replace it with one that is to the current EPA standard, is a heat exchanger or a pellet stove.

Go from this:

To this:

Here are the details of the current program:

Areas included in our program: most of the area of The Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako and the south or east end of the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine including the Hazeltons and Witset. These areas include the Village of Telkwa, the Town of Smithers and the Village of Burns Lake. We would also extend coverage to Gitanyow where we have a purple air monitor and connections between our volunteers and the Band. We also consider applications from remoter areas like the Kispiox valley, Ootsa lake, Granisle, Dease Lk and urban areas where there are no other rebates available.

To request your rebate: complete this form, read on and/or contact us at coordinator@cleanairplan.ca

Appliances (residences or shops) that can be changed out:
– a free-standing non-EPA certified “stove”, or a “homemade” or ‘barrel’ stove.
– a so-called “airtight” non-EPA certified fireplace insert, or tube type heat exchanger with a face plate and door (like the ‘Free Heat Machine’ or Welenco) that is currently installed in an open-hearth fireplace.
– a non-EPA certified “wood furnace” (ducted, forced air, home heating appliance) – may only be replaced by an EPA certified wood furnace or Pellet furnace.

Appliances that qualify as replacement:
– Wood to wood…The replacement of an uncertified wood burning stove or insert or OWB with a qualifying EPA or CSA certified replacement or EPA or CSA certified wood furnace or an Enerchoice designated fireplace or insert. An EPA or CSA B415 certified wood or pellet furnace ONLY if it is replacing an existing uncertified wood-burning furnace.
– Wood to other…The change-out is to an appliance such as an EPA wood pellet stove, an Enerchoice designated electric heat pump (which meets BCHydro’s Rebate requirements)

Conditions:
– residents within certain boundaries may be eligible for additional rebates
– first come first serve – program lasts until funding runs out
– old appliances are recycled or decommissioned and proof is provided
– cleaner burning appliances such a pellet stove, an electric heat pump, or an EPA certified wood appliance is installed and proof is provided

Process:
– Resident pays retail price for stove and installation. Ask about manufacturer or retailer discount at the point of sale.
– Resident arranges disposal of old stove to dealer or recycler for decommissioning. Dealer may be able to arrange this for you. These stoves are not to be resold!
– Resident then gets signatures on form to confirm old is out and new is in.
Email coordinator@cleanairplan.ca or mail form to the attention of Ben Weinstein, Meteorologist, Ministry of the Environment, BAG 5000, 3726 Alfred Avenue, Smithers, BC, V0J 2N0
Hold ON!
The coordinator will determine your rebate qualifications, email or notify you of receipt of the rebate request and contact your regional district or Town for fulfillment.
The coordinator and your Town or District office will mail you rebate checks when they are ready.

For a program near you –
https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/air/air-pollution/smoke-burning/exchange/programs

Did You Know:
The BVLDAMS is a non profit society, responsible for implementing the Clean Air Plan of 2012 signed by Bulkley Valley and Lakes District stakeholders in clean air. Membership is free! To find out more: www.cleanairplan.ca

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