The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District is now offering a new incentive program for low-income residents (at this time) that live within the District to replace their old, non-EPA certified wood stove, fireplace insert, or open-hearth fireplace with a newer, cleaner burning device, such as an EPA certified woodstove/insert or a natural gas, propane, or electric heating device.
This project is supported by the California Climate Investments (CCI) program, a statewide initiative that puts Cap-and-Trade dollars to work.
To be considered for this incentive program, residents must meet all of the following requirements:
- Applicants must live within the District’s boundaries. For a map of the District, please click here.
- Applicants must have an old, non-EPA certified wood stove, fireplace insert, or open hearth fireplace that is used as the primary source of heat in the home.
- At this time, only residents that are in a low-income assistance program (WIC, CARE, LIHEAP) or make a total household income of less than $49,454 a year are eligible for this incentive.
This program is available to both homeowners and renters. In the case of rental properties, formal approval from the property owner will be required as part of the approval process.
Approved applicants will receive a voucher for up to $3,500 to redeem at participating retailers.
Why Reduce Wood Smoke
There are approximately 10 million wood stoves currently in use in the United States, and 65 percent of them are older, inefficient, conventional stoves. Swapping out one old, inefficient wood stove is similar to taking 5 dirty, old diesel trucks off the road.
Wood smoke is not only bad for the environment but can also affect your health. Wood smoke is made up of a complex mixture of gases, like carbon dioxide, methane and air toxics, and fine, microscopic particles, called PM2.5. PM2.5 is so small, it can easily bypass the human body’s natural defenses, causing short term health effects, like coughing and sneezing, and worsening existing conditions, such as asthma and heart disease.
If you are unsure about your eligibility, please call the District office at: (530) 757 – 3650 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and ask about the Wood Smoke Reduction Program.
If you live in Solano County but outside Dixon, Rio Vista and Vacaville, contact the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to ask about their wood smoke reduction program by clicking here.