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Updated August 26th, 2016

Wood Stove and Fireplace Change-Out Incentive Program

South Coast, California

Website: http://www.aqmd.gov/home/programs/ community/community-detail?title=wood-device-incentive-program

Status: Active as of August 2016

Location: Riverside, San Bernardino, Norco, Corona, Chino, Ontario & Boyle Heights

Eligible fuels (exclusions apply): Wood (uncertified) -> wood (certified), pellet, natural gas, electric, alcohol

Notable feature(s): Wood to wood change-outs available only for residents that use wood as a primary heat source or lack access to natural gas.
Incentive Amounts
The South Coast Air Quality Management District offers between $100 and $1,600 vouchers for residents for replacing uncertified wood appliances with gas logs, gas or electric appliances, alcohol-fueled devices, EPA certified wood stoves, pellet stoves, or EPA qualified fireplace retrofit kits. Only residents without gas service and/or residents that use wood as a primary heat source are allowed to replace an uncertified wood appliance with a certified wood appliance. Low-income residents are eligible for the higher range of incentives.

Program Duration
The program is ongoing until funds are depleted.       

Procedure
To qualify for a rebate voucher, applicants must submit an application to the District. If accepted, the district will issue a voucher (valid for four weeks) that applicants can use to discount the price of a device at a participating retailer. The retailer must submit the necessary paperwork to the District to receive reimbursement.

Requirements
Residents can replace more than one uncertified wood burning device per property, but self-installations are prohibited. New devices must be installed and old devices destroyed by a retailer or third-party contractor under the supervision of the retailer. The South Coast Air Quality Management District's Rule 445 bans the sale or installation of uncertified wood appliances.

More Information
For more information, please visit the program website or contact the District at (855) 396-3833 or fireplacevoucher@aqmd.gov.