The Wood Stove Change-out
Program has scrapped 115 old wood burning stoves and fireplace inserts with
cleaner burning devices, resulting in a savings of approximately 4.5 tons of
fine particle pollution from being emitted into Spokane's air each heating
season, announced the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency (Spokane Clean Air) who
is administering the state grant-funded program.
The program offers
discounts to wood burners on the purchase and installation of cleaner, more
efficient devices in exchange for their old wood burning device. Of the 115
completed change-outs, 67 recipients chose to switch to cleaner gas devices, 47
upgraded to new wood or pellet devices and one chose a mini-split ductless heat
pump. Remaining funds are expected to cover another 50-60 replacement
"Smoke from wood heating is
the chief source of particle pollution in Spokane during winter. Getting the
older devices out of the airshed will help reduce the impact of wood heating.
Newer devices are much cleaner and more efficient," said Lisa Woodard, grant
coordinator. "Smoke particles contain various chemical substances
which are harmful to everyone's health, particularly children, elderly and those
with heart and lung conditions."
"If you've been thinking
about upgrading your old wood stove, now is the time to do it. Upgrading has
many benefits, including healthier air outdoors and indoors," added
Spokane-area residents can
apply to Spokane Clean Air to upgrade their old wood stoves. Information and
application forms are online at www.SpokaneCleanAir.org or click here. To
qualify, the home or business must be located within the boundaries of the Spokane County Smoke Control
Zone and have a currently installed and operational pre-1995 wood stove
(freestanding or insert) that is being used a main source of heat.
Applicants approved by
Spokane Clean Air will receive a "Discount Voucher" and a list of participating
businesses that will accept the voucher toward purchase and installation costs
of a new device. Voucher values are $500 to upgrade to a new wood device, $700
to upgrade to pellet heat, and $1,000 to upgrade to either natural gas device or
mini-split system ductless heat pumps. The greater the air quality benefit, the
greater the discount. In addition to the discount voucher, some participating
businesses are offering additional in-house and manufacturers' discounts for
In addition to the Wood
Stove Change-out Program, another program is available for Spokane-area
households with limited incomes. For program criteria and other information,
call Spokane Clean Air at 477-4727.
Both programs are made
possible by a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology, which has
funded similar programs across the state.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:43 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:43:51 GMT
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