Autumn’s cooler temperatures have arrived and many Dane County residents will be preparing to keep the home fires burning in a wood stove. While burning wood for home heat can be cozy and warm, wood smoke from old stoves and fireplace inserts pollutes the air. This polluted air makes it especially tough to breathe for kids, adults and older people living with asthma.
Wood smoke contains carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, and fine particle pollutants that aren’t healthy to breathe either indoors or outside. Smoke from old wood stoves and old fireplace inserts can affect your family, as well as neighbors downwind of the smoke, polluting the air we all breathe and making asthma symptoms worse.
The Dane County Wood Stove Changeout Rebate Program is helping Dane County residents reduce the amount of harmful emissions from older, non-certified wood stoves and improve air quality at home and throughout Dane County.
Program Details: From August 1 through September 30, 2011, Dane County residents interested in replacing their old wood stoves or inserts may be eligible to receive a $750.00 rebate, as well as various manufacturer and retailer discounts and a federal tax credit, on the purchase price of qualifying cleaner burning EPA-certified wood stoves and inserts, natural gas stoves and inserts, or pellet stoves and inserts. Applications for rebate vouchers will be accepted starting on August 1, 2011 via email to the Dane County Clean Air Coalition Coordinator, Lisa MacKinnon, at: MacKinnon@countyofdane.com or fax: 608-266-2643. Rebate funds are limited and will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible customers.
To learn more about this program, go to http://www.healthyairdane.org/woodstove.aspx
The Dane County Clean Air Coalition is made up of business, schools including UW-Madison, government agencies and citizens whose goal is healthy air.
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