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Change-Out Programs

Updated August 26th, 2016

Wood Stove Change Out Program

Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska

Website: http://fnsb.us/transportation/Pages/Change-Out-Program.aspx

Status: Active as of August 2016

Location: Within the Air Quality Control Zone

Eligible fuels (exclusions apply): Wood (uncertified), wood (certified) -> wood (certified), pellet, natural gas, propane, home heating oil (excluding waste oil), hot water district heat, electricity

Notable feature(s): Deed restrictions that prohibits future installations of solid fuel burning devices; one of lowest gram per hour requirements (2.5) in the country; allows self-installation
Incentive Amounts
The Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) offers $4,000-$14,000 rebates for Fairbanks North Star Borough residential property owners to upgrade their old wood appliances to EPA certified wood appliances that emit 2.0 grams per hour or less, masonry heaters, pellet appliances, natural gas, heating oil (excludes waste oil), propane, hot water district heat, or electricity. Residents can also receive $2,000 to $5,000 (depending on device) to remove a wood burning appliance only or $750 to repair a catalytic converter or other emissions-reducing components on an EPA certified wood appliance. The program also provides rebates for residents who remove or replace hydronic heaters.

Program Duration
The program is ongoing until funds are depleted. Priority is determined by a scoring system.  

Procedure
Homeowners must first submit an application form and complete the pre-verification process. Once authorized, the homeowner can obtain an approved device from any store or vendor and obtain reimbursement from AQIP. Homeowners can also choose to work with an approved vendor who is reimbursed directly. AQIP is responsible for the disposal of the old device. Homeowners or vendors must deliver their old device to the Air Quality office.

Requirements
Homeowners that replace a wood burning appliance that emits 2.5 grams per hour or more with an EPA certified appliance that emits up to 2.0 grams per hour must choose an appliance that also emits 50% less than their existing appliance. Those who remove or replace a residential wood burning device with a natural gas, propane, or home heating oil appliance must sign a deed restriction that prohibits future installation of solid fuel burning devices on the property. Self-installations are permitted, but rebates only cover installed costs (up to capped amount) of third-party installers.

More Information
For more information, please visit the program website or contact Air Quality Fairbanks at (907) 459-1234 or aqip@fnsb.us.