A wood stove changeout program is a voluntary program initiated at the local or regional level that provides eligible communities with a mechanism to reduce air pollution caused by wood smoke. Residents of participating communities often receive incentives such as rebates, low/no interest loans and/or discounts to replace their old, conventional wood stoves and fireplace inserts with cleaner-burning, more efficient EPA-certified wood or pellet stoves and/or gas and electric heating stoves and fireplaces. Households that participate in changeouts may be required to surrender their old wood stoves for recycling.
Recent years have seen a proliferation of cleaner-burning, more energy-efficient hearth products that emit significantly lower levels of particulate matter. To help differentiate these newer, more environmentally-friendly appliances from older ones, the EPA requires that certain types of wood and pellet-burning appliances be tested and certified as meeting stringent air quality requirements.
Today, consumers enjoy a variety of options for replacing their old stoves, including EPA-certified woodstoves, fireplace inserts, masonry heaters, and stoves that burn gas, pellets, corn, and electricity. The mission of the Woodstove Changeout program is to install these cleaner, EPA-certified appliances into as many households as possible to ensure maximum positive impact in participating communities.