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Community Wood Smoke Reduction Program
2023 Community Wood Smoke Reduction Program
Are you ready to become more healthy and climate-smart in 2023? The CVRD can help with the new Community Wood Smoke Reduction Program that provides rebates for replacing or removing old, smoky wood-burning appliances with the Wood-Burning Appliance Exchange Initiative and *NEW* Wood-Burning Appliance Bounty Initiative!
Wood-Burning Appliance Exchange Initiative
Like previous years, the CVRD's Wood-Burning Appliance Exchange Program is in place to provide financial assistance to replace old, smoky wood-burning appliances with healthier, more efficient heating options. This year, there are more incentives than ever with the rebates below:
- Heat Pump: A $2,350 incentive for replacing a wood-burning appliance with a heat pump. $2,200 is provided by the CVRD and a $150 discount should be offered by participating retailers.
- Pellet Appliance: A $1,050 incentive for replacing a woodstove or an outdoor wood boiler with a 2020 or newer EPA-certified pellet stove or pellet boiler. $1,000 is provided by the CVRD and a $50 discount should be offered by participating retailers.
- Wood-Burning Appliance: A $550 incentive for replacing:
- an uncertified wood-burning appliance; or,
- an EPA- or CSA-certified wood stove that is at least 5 years old for a 2020 or newer EPA-certified woodstove. $500 is provided by the CVRD and a $50 discount should be offered by participating retailers.
*NEW* Wood-Burning Appliance Bounty Initiative
Beginning in 2023, the CVRD is providing a separate incentive for residents to remove existing non-EPA or CSA-certified wood-burning appliances without installing new heating appliances. This $300 one-time incentive is limited to one appliance per household.
Apply for the CVRD Rebate!
Read the Program Guidelines to find out more about the rebate requirements before filling out the application.
All applications must be completed and submitted by November 30, 2023. Applications received after the deadline will not be eligible for a rebate.
Stack Rebates to Reduce Costs!
Additional rebates (~$6,000) to support your healthy home heating system are available through the federal Greener Homes Program and the provincial BC Clean Homes rebate programs. Visit BC Home Energy Coach or phone 1.844.881.9790, who will help you navigate rebate options and maximize rebates!
Additional rebates to offset 80% of the upgrade cost (up to $12,000) are available through BC Clean Homes to support home heating upgrades within First Nation communities. Coupling this with a CVRD rebate may cover 100% of the upgrade cost!
Heat Pumps – Keeping you Warm in the Winter and Cool in the Summer
Heat pumps not only heat your home, but they also keep you cool during heat waves and can filter indoor air quality impacted by dust, pollen and wildfire smoke. Heat pumps may also reduce home insurance costs.
To learn more about how heat pumps can benefit you and the Cowichan Valley as a whole, click on the poster below!
Tips for Reducing Air Pollution
Heat pumps are powered by clean, hydroelectricity which means that if you switch your current fossil fuel heating system (natural gas, propane or oil) to a heat pump, you’ll be reducing your household’s environmental footprint.
If you are considering a heat pump, this video, provided by Clean BC, the Regional District of Nanaimo and the CVRD, has lots of helpful information.
- Dry wood reduces air pollution
- Dry wood saves you money. To get the most out of your firewood, only use dry firewood (wood with less than 20% moisture content); otherwise, your fire won’t burn as hot and you will produce harmful smoke by drying wood in your woodstove. Also, you have to use a lot more wood to try to stay warm if your wood is not properly dry.
- Use a $20 moisture meter to verify the moisture content of firewood; simply insert the probes into the firewood log to obtain a reading.
- If you don’t want to get a moisture meter, check the firewood log ends. Dry, seasoned wood should have cracks and split ends. Also, if you knock dry wood together, you should hear a hollow sound, not a wet ‘thud’.
- Within 15 minutes of starting a fire in your woodstove, no visible smoke should be emitted from your chimney.