Published: 4/15/2019 6:26:31 PM
WHATELY — The state has announced it will give out $450,000 in wood stove rebates, in an effort to encourage homeowners to replace less efficient stoves with more environmentally friendly models.
The change-out program is now in its eighth year, having launched in 2012. Roughly 2,300 wood stoves have been replaced over the course of the program.
Rebates range from $500 to $1,750 depending on the kind of stove purchased. Shoppers who meet certain income requirements can receive an additional rebate of up to $1,500.
To qualify for a rebate, a resident must have a functional, non-EPA-certified wood stove. To apply, residents should visit a participating wood stove retailer or contact a participating professional such as a chimney sweep, who will apply on the state’s behalf. Rebate applications are accepted until August 5.
According to Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, replacing wood stoves benefits the region in three key ways: it improves air quality, costs less and helps local businesses.
The Fire House, a Whately stove retailer, has participated in the program since it began. Its owner, Vicki L’Abbee, said the program has benefited her shop significantly, especially as wood stoves are popular in the region. She estimated selling hundreds of stoves over the years.
“Customers who aren’t sure if they want to get rid of their stove, it might not be working well, but when they have an incentive – it definitely helps them make a decision sooner to switch out that whole product,” L’Abbee said.
Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement the change-out program “improves air quality across the commonwealth and helps residents save money by adopting more efficient, cost-cutting heating technologies.”
For more information or to see a list of participating wood stove dealers, visit: https://www.masscec.com/commonwealth-woodstove-change-out.
Reach Grace Bird at 413-772-0261, ext. 280.