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Change-Out Programs

Updated May, 2023

Project Stove Swap

Northeastern Minnesota

Website: http://www.environmental-initiative.org/our-work/clean-air/project-stove-swap

Status: Active as of May 1st, 2023

Program Boundary Area: Aitkin, Beltrami, Carver, Cass, Carlton, Cook, Crow Wing, Dakota, Goodhue, Hennepin, Hubbard, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, LeSueur, Morrison, Otter Tail, Pine, Rice, Scott, Stearns, St. Louis, Todd, and Wadena counties

Eligible fuels: wood ? wood (certified, high-efficiency), pellet (certified, high-efficiency), natural gas (EnergyStar), hydronic (certified), forced air furnaces (certified)

Notable feature(s): There are income-qualified incentives which significantly raise the incentive amount available to low-to-moderate income households.
Incentive Amounts
Minnesota residents can qualify for discounts ranging from $325 to $10,000 when swapping out their old wood stoves with a new energy-efficient heating system, including switching to new wood stove and pellet equipment. Residents can receive up to $750 for switching to an EPA certified energy efficient wood stove or up to $1,500 for an EPA certified wood pellet stove. These incentives increase for income-qualified households to up to $3,000 for an EPA certified wood stove or $3,500 for an EPA certified pellet stove. Click here for a breakdown on the financial incentive amounts.

Program Duration
The program is ongoing until at least the end of 2017, or until funds are depleted. The program is looking to expand to the rest of the state.

Procedure
First, check your eligibility by completing the Stove Swap Signup Form. Once this is submitted, the project staff will review your information and provide you further details on your eligibility and next steps. Qualified vendors will assist you in choosing your new heating equipment from a list of eligible devices. After an accredited installer performs the installation, the Project Stove Swap incentive will be added to your vendorís invoice.

Requirements
The wood stove being replaced must have been manufactured before 1992. It also must be used as a primary/major heat source in the home, consuming at least two cords of wood annually. Equipment qualifying includes: wood stoves and fireplace inserts, pellet stoves and inserts, forced air furnaces, and hydronic heaters. The old wood stove being replaced must be destroyed or recycled.

More Information
For more information, please visit the program website or contact Alli Mueller at amueller@environmental-initiative.org.