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Woodsmoke Reduction Program


FUNDING LEVEL: $5 million through March 2017
ADMINISTERING AGENCY: California Air Resources Board (CARB)
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Low-income residents, residents located in areas highly affected by woodsmoke and households whose wood-burning device is their sole source of heat

Program Description

This new program will replace existing, uncertified residential wood burning devices used to heat homes with cleaner burning, more efficient heating devices. CARB will administer the $5 million appropriation for the Woodsmoke Reduction Program through the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) and local air pollution control districts or air quality management districts. To be eligible, applicants must own a residential unit located within the Air District’s jurisdiction that contains an operational wood-burning stove or fireplace, used for heating purposes. Qualifying wood-burning devices do not include those meant for cooking purposes.

Successful Project Outcomes

  • Improved indoor and outdoor air quality due to reduction in PM 2.5, black carbon and toxic air contaminants
  • Improved health benefits associated with a decrease in exposure to air pollutants
  • Lowered heating costs for residents through reductions in the amount of wood burned
  • improvements in safety associated with using a professionally installed space heating device
  • Increased home values
  • Improved visibility due to reductions in airborne particulate matter

Examples of Qualifying Projects

Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) - BAAQMD runs a Wood Smoke Incentive Reduction Program to help highly impacted residents replace wood burning heating devices with cleaner options. These residents include: Low-income residents, residents located in areas highly affected by wood smoke and households whose wood-burning device is their sole source of heat. Homeowners can apply for rebates to replace wood burning stoves and fireplaces with electric heat pumps, or natural gas or propane fueled devices. There are also rebates for decommissioning wood burning stoves and fireplaces.

For more information, visit BAAMQD’s Wood Smoke Incentive Reduction Program web page.

Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) has a similar Wood Smoke Reduction Program.

For more information visit the Santa Barbara County APCD Wood Smoke Reduction Program web page.

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