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Minnesota

Regulations

No state-wide regulations on wood or pellet stoves that we are aware of at the moment. Check with your local authority on building codes to be sure.

Incentives

No state-wide incentives on wood and pellet stoves that we are aware of at the moment.

Updated: February 2024

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Change-out Programs

Project Stove Swap | Northeastern Minnesota

 

Websitehttps://environmental-initiative.org/our-work/project-stove-swap/

Status: Currently not accepting new applicants due to high demand as of November 2023

Location: 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 (pre-1992) -> Wood (certified, high-efficiency), pellet (certified, high-efficiency), natural gas (EnergyStar), hydronic (certified), forced air furnaces (certified)

Notable Feature: 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.

Program Duration

The program is ongoing until funds are depleted. The program is looking to expand to the rest of the state. Due to high demand, the program is currently not accepting new applicants.

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 vendor’s 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.

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