The regional air quality program will give consumers a $250 rebate (funding is limited) between now and April 30 if they purchase a new EPA/CSA emission-approved wood, gas, pellet or electric appliance and replace their old smoke-belching wood stove up.
Participating manufacturers, distributors and retailers also offer a minimum rebate of $150 for a new EPA/CSA approved replacement appliances.
Consumers receive the rebate when they surrender their old wood burning appliance for recycling. Participating retailers will take care of recycling your old stove and complete all the necessary paperwork for the rebates.
It’s estimated more than 20,000 valley homes are still equipped with inefficient conventional wood stoves or masonry fireplaces. And chances are, if they’re being used, they’re pumping out pollutants that reduce our air quality.
Regional air quality program coordinator Kate Bergen said: “There’s no disputing that wood stove smoke contributes to poor air quality throughout the Central Okanagan. By replacing old wood burning fireplaces and stoves with newer technology-certified appliances, homeowners will burn 1/3 less wood and reduce smoke by up to 90 per cent.
“And that will help us all breathe a little easier.”