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 later in 2021.
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 have any questions, 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.