The Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program, a partnership between MassCEC, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Energy Resources, offers rebates to assist Massachusetts residents in replacing non-EPA-certified woodstoves with cleaner, with more efficient EPA-certified wood or pellet stoves.
The program is now open, offering standard rebates of up to $1,250 and low-income rebates of up to $2,250. Applications will be accepted until at least June 19, 2015.
Many older stoves operate inefficiently, resulting in higher heating costs and emissions of harmful air pollutants that can increase the risk of heart conditions, trigger asthma attacks and aggravate lung diseases. By replacing an old stove with a high-efficiency, low-emissions wood or pellet stove, you can reduce your heating costs and improve local air quality.
Massachusetts residents currently operating a non-EPA certified woodstove or fireplace insert are eligible to apply by visiting a participating stove professional, who will handle the application process on the residents' behalf. Before applying for a rebate, the resident must first decide to purchase the stove and make an initial down payment of at least 10% of total project costs.
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Families qualify for the low-income rebate if their gross annual household income is under the threshold in the following table:
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(60% of estimated state median income)
Once you’ve made the decision to replace your existing stove with a new one, you’ll be required to complete the following steps with your stove professional when they apply on your behalf:
MassCEC will review applications and notify you and the stove professional once the application is approved. At that point, the participating stove professional will reduce the total cost of the stove and installation by the amount of the rebate, and the project must be installed within 12 weeks. Once the project is complete, MassCEC will reimburse the stove professional in the amount of the rebate.
All qualifying applications submitted between April 10, 2015 and June 19, 2015 will receive a rebate. The application period may be extended if sufficient funding remains.
New stoves installed under this program must meet stringent emissions requirements.
Full details of the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program, including information on stove performance standards and guidance on determining if your existing stove is EPA-certified, can be found in the program manual.