Rebates Increased as Wood Stove and Fireplace Exchange Program Returns for Fifth Year

January 27, 2022 at 10:14 am  Kamloops, Municipal, News, Politics

The Province is renewing its partnership with the City of Kamloops to offer its Wood Stove and Fireplace Exchange Program for a fifth consecutive year. 

The program offers a rebate to Kamloops homeowners who remove and replace eligible old, uncertified wood-burning appliances with new, lower-emissions ones. 

During the 2021 program year, 59 appliances were exchanged. In 2022, a maximum of 60 rebates will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis (one rebate per household).

New for the 2022 program year are enhanced rebates for households that exchange uncertified wood-burning appliances with qualifying electric options. For example, the rebate to swap out an old wood-burning appliance for an electric heat pump has increased from $800 to $1,200 while the rebate for installing an electric fireplace insert has been increased to 50% of the appliance up to a maximum of $700.

Other eligible appliance types include EPA-certified wood stoves, wood fireplace inserts, wood or pellet furnaces, pellet stoves or inserts, and propane-fuelled stoves or inserts. 

Operating in partnership with the BC Lung Foundation and the Government of BC, these programs support the Kamloops Airshed Management Plan’s goal of protecting our air quality and minimizing harmful emissions from entering our airshed. This is achieved by encouraging residents to decommission older, non-EPA-certified wood-burning appliances as they emit more particulates than newer alternatives. 

The program also features “Burn it Right” information for those who do burn wood for heat, which encourages residents to use clean, dry, seasoned wood or pellets in an EPA-certified appliance as it produces up to 70% fewer particulate emissions and can be up to 30% more efficient. 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

Wood Stove and Fireplace Exchange Program
Visit one of the authorized local retailers below for guidance on program eligibility and to receive a rebate application form: 

  • The Fireplace Centre – 1200 Battle Street
  • The Fireplace Gallery – 111 McGill Road
  • Johnson Walsh – 921B Laval Crescent
  • Jul Pam Heating Systems – Andy McKinlay, amckinlay9@yahoo.ca

Authorized program retailers will guide residents through the rebate process, including finding out which appliances can be upgraded and which appliances can be purchased as replacements as well as installing the new appliance and properly recycling the old one.

For a full list of eligible appliances, rebate amounts, and eligibility criteria, visit Kamloops.ca/WoodStove.  

Wood Stove Scrap-It Rebate Program
In addition to the Wood Stove and Fireplace Exchange Program, the City administers the Wood Stove Scrap-It Program, which offers a $200 rebate for Kamloops residents who remove their uncertified wood-burning stoves from their homes but do not want to replace them. 

A maximum of 25 rebates will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis (one rebate per household). Pre-registration is required to determine program eligibility. Visit Kamloops.ca/WoodStove for details. 
 


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