Woodstove Changeout Program Launches in Western Massachusetts

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Olde Hadleigh Hearth and Patio is proudly participating in the American Lung Association’s program to replace high polluting wood stoves from the region in an effort to lessen pollution and improve air quality.

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The American Lung Association today announced the launch of the Western Massachusetts Wood Stove Changeout Program. The program, which works to improve outdoor and indoor air quality by removing old, high polluting, low efficiency wood stoves and replacing them with cleaner burning, more efficient EPA-certified wood, pellet or gas stoves, will cover residents of Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties. The American Lung Association has long been committed to reducing resident’s exposure to wood smoke. Since 2010, the Lung Association successfully implemented seven wood stove changeout programs throughout New England, The Western Massachusetts program is a continuation of these efforts.

“Replacing older high polluting stoves with new ones is an important way for communities to reduce harmful particle pollution and improve air quality,” said Jeff Seyler, Executive Vice President, of the American Lung Association, Northeast Region. Particle pollution is made of soot or tiny particles that come from coal-fired power plants, diesel engines, wildfires and wood-burning devices. These particles are so small that they can lodge deep in the lungs and trigger asthma attacks, heart attacks and strokes. They can even cause lung cancer, and early death. Joseph Desroches of Chicopee is one of the people who will benefit from the program this year. “I’d been thinking about replacing my wood stove for some time and the voucher helped offset the costs of the new stove,” Desroches said.

The wood stove changeout program lowers particle pollution emissions in the area and supports local retail stove businesses who are working with the American Lung Association, including Olde Hadleigh Hearth and Patio.

Homeowners who live in the project area and own a non-EPA certified woodstove can apply for a voucher. Vouchers are for $1000 toward a new EPA certified woodstove; $1500 if changing from a hydronic heater to an EPA certified woodstove; $2000 for an EPA certified pellet or gas stove if changing from woodstove or hydronic heater and $3000 for income qualified participants (income qualified vouchers may use the voucher for EPA certified wood, pellet or gas stoves). There is an additional $500 incentive for those who choose a replacement unit with 70% or greater efficiency and/or 2.5 grams per hour or less of emissions. A $4000 voucher is available toward the replacement of an old hydronic heater with a new EPA Phase II hydronic heater or ENERGY STAR gas furnace or $5000 for hydronic heater replacement if income qualified; $300 for the retrofit of an existing woodstove with a new catalyst.

Applications for the vouchers are available in‐store or online. Once people receive their voucher, they will have 30 days to enter into a purchase agreement with one of the participating retailers. The retailer then installs the new stove and recycles and makes the old stove inoperable. The number of vouchers is limited. For more program details, go to Lung.org/woodstove or call 1-800-548-8252. For more about the American Lung Association, go to: www.lung.org.

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