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Change-Out Programs

Updated September 1st, 2016

Colorado Woodstove Changeout Program

Northern Colorado

Website: http://www.lung.org/local-content/_content-items/our-initiatives/current-initiatives/woodstove-alasw.html

Status: Active as of August 2016

Eligible Counties: Boulder, Denver, Jefferson, Larimer & Weld Counties (determined based upon “nonattainment” status)

Eligible fuels: Wood (uncertified) -> wood (certified), pellet, natural gas, propane

Notable feature(s): Wood stoves within Step 2, 2 grams an hour get higher rebates. Stoves in commercial properties may be eligible.
Incentive Amounts
The American Lung Association in Colorado (ALAC) offers residents $400-$3,000 vouchers to replace their uncertified wood appliance with an EPA certified wood appliance, or a pellet, natural gas, or propane appliance. Higher vouchers are given to low-income applicants, applicants who purchase non-wood appliances, and applicants who purchase certified wood appliances that meet the EPA's 2020 Step 2 emission limits. Residents who use an uncertified wood appliance in a frequently used non-residential building, such as a school, church, or greenhouse, may also qualify for the program.

Program Duration
The program is ongoing until funds are depleted.      

Procedure
To receive a voucher, applicants must submit a voucher application to ALAC. If approved, applicants have six weeks to apply the voucher towards the purchase of a new qualifying device at a participating retailer. The retailer completes the installation, destroys the old stove, and submits the necessary paperwork for reimbursement. 

Requirements
The uncertified appliance must be replaced by a participating retailer or certified installer; self-installation is prohibited. Only one voucher is available per household. The household cannot be a secondary home or vacation home and wood must be the primary source of heat. Colorado's Air Quality Control Commission Regulation 4 bans the sale, resale, or installation of uncertified wood stoves.

More Information
For more information, please visit the program website or contact Air Quality Program Coordinator Britt Coyne at (303) 847-0278 or bcoyne@lungs.org.