City Receives Provincial Funding to Continue Wood Stove and Fireplace Exchange Rebate Programs
City residents are once again eligible to apply to receive up to $1,100 in rebates for updating old, uncertified wood-burning appliances.
The Wood Stove and Fireplace Exchange Program, now in its fourth year, offers a rebate of up to $800 (plus a $300 FortisBC rebate for gas appliances) to homeowners who remove and replace an eligible wood-burning appliance with a new lower-emission one.
Last year in Kamloops, 62 appliances were exchanged. In 2021, a maximum of 60 rebates will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis (one rebate per household).
Operating in partnership with the BC Lung Association 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, encouraging 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
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 and installing the new appliances. For more program details, visit Kamloops.ca/WoodStove.
Wood Stove Scrap-It Rebate Program
In addition to the Wood Stove and Fireplace Exchange Program, the City of Kamloops administers the Wood Stove Scrap-It Program, which offers a $200 rebate for Kamloops residents who remove their uncertified wood-burning stoves from their home but do not want to replace it.
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.