The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District offers an incentive program to residents 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 wood stove/insert or a natural gas, propane, or electric heating device.
This program is currently oversubscribed and available funds have been exhausted. However, the District expects that additional funding for this program will be available in 2021.
If you would like to participate in the program, you can submit an application to the District. If you project meets the eligibility requirements, you will be placed on a waiting list and contacted when funding becomes available.
To be considered for this incentive program, residents must meet the following requirements:
- Applicants must live within the District’s boundaries. For a map of the Air 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.
Low-income residents who are in a low-income assistance program (WIC, CARE, or LIHEAP) or make a total household income of less than $51,026 a year are eligible to receive a $3,500 voucher.
Non low-income residents are eligible for a $1,000 voucher.
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.
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.