The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) wants residents to change out old, smoky wood stoves for cleaner appliances including heat pumps, gas or pellet stoves or cleaner burning wood stoves. The RDKB has put a total of $6,000 toward the 2018 Wood Stove Exchange Program and $5,000 is still available to fund rebates to local residents. Qualifying residents could receive $250 toward a new EPA/CSA approved wood burning appliance or $400 toward a new pellet, propane, or liquefied petroleum stove or electric heat pump.
Replacing wood heat can also lower home insurance rates. Residents can contact their insurers to find out if they qualify for lower rates. Any resident of the RDKB who wants information about how to enrol in the program can contact Woodstove Exchange Program Coordinator, John Vere at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-866-992-9663. The RDKB is helping to promote the 2018 Wood Stove Exchange Program throughout the region, in partnership with the BC Ministry of Environment and the BC Lung Association.
Cleaner-burning stoves are better for the local airshed, your health and your neighbours' health. Smoke, including woodsmoke from wood-burning appliances, is a dominant form of air pollution in communities that rely heavily on wood for heating, and is a leading cause of lung disease, asthma, and other respiratory illnesses.