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Spare Your Air with Woodstove Rebates in Sonoma County

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Spare Your Air with Woodstove Rebates in Sonoma County

Residents and businesses in the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District (District), encompassing the northern and western portions of Sonoma County, may apply for a rebate program to change out their old wood stove for one that will be better for air quality. The rebate change-out program offers rebates between $1,000 and $2,500 for the replacement of old, dirty woodstoves and fireplaces for cleaner burning gas, pellet, or EPA-certified wood burning appliances.

The Northern Sonoma County Air District is one of 35 California air districts established to regulate the emissions of air pollution from stationary sources that could be detrimental to the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

The Board of Directors of the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District dedicated $30,000 towards rebates for replacing the old, inefficient stoves with EPA Phase II Wood stoves, natural gas, propane, or pellet stoves or inserts. This funding comes from the Air District’s Community Fund, which is generated by fines for illegal polluting activities. These fines must be used on programs that improve the quality of air in the District.

Starting at 8 am on October 15th, the District will be awarding rebates on a first come first serve basis until all funding is expended; at which point a waiting list will start for next winter season.

“Many households in the Russian River area depend on wood stoves for heat,” said District Director Efren Carrillo. “This program provides a necessary benefit to the community – in the past two years we’ve replaced 33 old stoves. We have clean air in the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District, and it is something we can take pride in. It is programs like this and the community’s commitment to burn clean and otherwise reduce air pollution that keeps our air clean.”

“Replacing your old wood stove or fireplace will benefit the air we share, and can save households hard-earned dollars,” stated District Director James Gore. “The EPA Phase II stoves and newer appliances are up to 50% more energy efficient, and use 1/3 less wood while producing the same heat. They also reduce indoor and outdoor smoke pollution, providing health benefits to our whole community.”

RPA Certified wood stove burns clean

To improve your heat and fuel efficiency and decrease pollution you can follow some simple steps to “Burn Wise.” Only dry, seasoned wood should be used in wood burning appliances. Ensuring your fire receives an appropriate amount of air contributes to hotter, more efficient fires (more bang for your buck when it comes to wood fuel), and less dust and smoke being emitted from your chimney.

For a fire that burns hot and clean, consider these recommendations:

  • Store your wood in a dry location (covered, off the ground).
  • Season wood for at least 6 months before burning.
  • Start fires with newspaper, dry kindling, natural fire starters, or install a natural gas or propane log lighter in your open fireplace.
  • Build hot fires with proper air flow. For most appliances, a smoldering fire reduces efficiency and increases pollution.

Burning smart and clean help contribute to a reduction in fine wood smoke particles that harm the environment and people’s health. Thank you for being a good neighbor. To find out more about the program and to download an application, visithttp://sonomacounty.ca.gov/NSCAPCD/, or stop by the District at 150 Matheson Street Healdsburg, CA 95448 (Monday – Friday, 8 am - 4:30 pm).