Out with the Old, In with the New - Govt. Rebates Available on EPA Certified Wood Stoves

Published on 18-May-2017

These aren’t your grandfathers’ wood stoves. Although heating with wood has been around for a long time, today’s “romantic” notion of the practice was not always the case. In the past, heating with wood was a necessity, and almost always messy. Folks didn’t do “spring cleaning” just for the heck of it. After a long winter of burning wood, the average home needed a thorough cleaning and airing out come spring-time. However, with the new, high-efficiency stoves available today, this is a thing of the past. (Although spring-cleaning is probably still a good idea.)

A recent EPA Burn Wise Fact Sheet tells an interesting story. For example, did you know…

  • Changing out one old dirty, inefficient wood stove is equivalent to the PM2.5 reduction of taking five old diesel trucks off the road
  •  EPA estimates that 65% (7.8 million) of the nation's wood stoves are older, inefficient devices.
  •  Old wood stoves manufactured before 1988 generate between 5 and 20 times as much soot and dust as modern wood and pellet stoves.
  • EPA estimates that if all of the old wood stoves in the United States were replaced with cleaner-burning hearth appliances, and estimated $56-126 billion in health benefits per year would be realized.
  •  Benefits of replacing old wood stoves and fireplaces include:
  1. It saves money, fuel, time and resources
  2. They are up to 50% more efficient 
  3. They use 1/3 less wood for the same heat
  4. They cut creosote build-up in chimneys, reducing fire risk
  5. They reduce particle pollution indoors and outdoors by 70%
Here is one more interesting fact – Did you know that you are eligible for a significant rebate if you replace your old non-EPA certified woodstove with a new, safer, more efficient EPA-certified model?

Through the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, you can take advantage of the 2017 Commonwealth Wood Stove Change-Out Program and realize significant savings. Rebates are available for EPA-certified pellet stoves, catalytic wood stoves, non-catalytic wood stoves, as well as fully automated wood stoves. Depending on the stove’s emissions rating, standard rebates can range from $500 to $1,500. Income-based rebates range from $1,500 to $2,500. Some pellet stoves are eligible for a $500 efficiency adder rebate, while some non-catalytic wood stoves can qualify for a $250 efficiency adder.

The 2016 average change-out costs without a rebate ranged from $1,923 to $2,962 (just for stoves), and between $3,070 and $4,309 for the total project. With the rebate, your investment in a EPA-certified wood stove would pay for itself in no time.

Looking at efficiency ratings and emissions charts can be a little intimidating - but that's where our professionals can help you make the right choice. One of the obvious considerations will be the size of the space you’ll be heating. If you are using the stove for “zone heating,” like a single room or specific area in your home, your choice of stove will be much different than if you are looking to heat an entire home. Additionally, your home’s floor-plan (open versus closed) will make a difference, as will the age of your home.

Modern wood stoves fall into two categories: non-catalytic stoves and catalytic stoves.

Non-catalytic stoves have three internal characteristics that create a good environment for complete combustion: firebox insulation, a large baffle to produce a longer, hotter gas flow path, and pre-heated combustion air introduced through small holes above the fuel in the firebox. The baffle and some other internal parts of a non-catalytic stove will need replacement from time to time as they deteriorate with the high heat of efficient combustion.

As you may expect, there are government forms and a few other hoops to jump through, but the good news is that our professionals at Fine Home Details are ready to guide you through the process. We have several wood stoves, including those by Hearthstone, Morso, Rais, Sherwood Industries and Travis Industries that are EPA certified.

It is a lot to think about, but our professionals at Fine Home Details will help you make the right choice, save some money and be warm and snug next winter. Even though this is a Massachusetts swap out program, customers can contact our Brassworks Fine Home Details in Providence, RI, or Boston Fine Home Details in Newton, MA. To take advantage of the generous rebates, you will need to have the change-out completed by August 21, 2017 so give us a call or drop by any one of our locations today!