MODULE 8 Woodstove Replacement Incentive

On July 17, 2007, the Board of Directors of the El Dorado County Air Quality Management District (AQMD) approved a Chimney Smoke Reduction Incentive Program (RIP) to encourage homeowners to permanently remove or replace non-EPA certified wood stoves and inserts (manufactured before 7/1/88), and fireplaces1 with cleaner burning EPA Phase II certified devices.  This will improve winter air quality through reduction of particulate matter (PM) emissions caused by inefficient residential wood combustion.  On February 3, 2015, the US EPA strengthened these standards to be phased in over the next few years2.

Applying for the RIP is easy but available on a first come, first served basis. RIP is a tiered program that will pay $500 for removal of a non-EPA certified unit and replacement with a certified wood-burning device, or $600 for complete removal, or replacement with an electric, propane, or natural gas heating unit.  AQMD will continue this program until the funds are depleted.  Pre-approval by AQMD for eligibility is required prior to the old unit being removed.  RIP will also cover the cost of the basic Building Permit to install the new device (approximately $100).  Applicants will receive reimbursement checks in the mail after all required claim materials have been submitted.  When funds are depleted, a notice will be provided on the AQMD website.

The US EPA states the energy efficiency benefits of replacing old wood stoves and fireplaces3 are:Wood Stove Smoke

Environmental benefits include:

Funding is intended only for primary El Dorado County residence remodels and retrofits. The woodstove or fireplace removed must be a non-EPA certified unit to qualify.  Newly constructed homes (homes less than one year old) are not eligible.  After being pre-approved and completing the changeout, the following information must be provided for reimbursement:


1 Open-faced fireplaces are eligible if they are the ONLY source of heat in the home.  Fireplaces with closable glass doors or metal doors are eligible.





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