The Regional District of Central Kootenay is joining forces with the province to encourage residents to replace their old wood stoves with cleaner burning models.
The RDCK is collaborating with local municipalities to help residents burn better through the Wood Stove Exchange Rebate Program.
This program, funded by the Government of British Columbia and the BC Lung Association, provides homeowners with rebates when they exchange their old wood stove for a new emissions-certified one.
The RDCK is one of 20 regions across the province to receive funding from the Province and the BC Lung Association to administer a local wood stove exchange program. All RDCK electoral areas and municipalities have also committed “top-up” funding, bringing the value of rebates to between $350 to $800 (depending on the type of new appliance installed and location of the property within the RDCK).
A total of 50 rebates are available on a first-come, first- served basis. The Provincial base rebate is $250 for a new qualifying wood stove and $400 for a qualifying gas appliance. Top-up rebates are as follows:
- City of Castlegar - up to 10 rebates of $100
- Town of Creston - up to 20 rebates of $100
- Village of Kaslo - up to 5 rebates of $100
- Village of Nakusp - up to 10 rebates of $100
- City of Nelson - up to 10 rebates matching Provincial grant amount
- Village of New Denver - up to 5 rebates of $100
- Village of Salmo - up to 2 rebates of $100
- Village of Silverton - up to 3 rebates of $100
- Village of Slocan - up to 3 rebates of $100
- RDCK - up to 50 rebates of $100
In order to qualify for the rebate, residents must replace an old (pre-1994), uncertified wood stove with a new, locally purchased, EPA- or CSA-certified appliance. Qualifying replacement appliances include:
- wood stoves;
- gas stoves;
- pellet stoves;
- Enerchoice designated gas or propane fueled inserts or electric inserts;
- EPA-certified factory-built wood fireplaces that replace a non-EPA-certified wood stove or non-EPA-certified wood insert – not an existing factory-built fireplace;
- Electric heat pumps that meets the criteria for BC’s Home Renovation Rebate and Efficiency BC Program (https://efficiencybc.ca/incentives/home-renovation-rebate-and-efficiencybc-program/);
- EPA or CSA B415 certified woods or pellet furnaces ONLY if replacing an existing uncertified wood-burning furnace.
The replacement appliance must be in active use for home heating. One rebate permitted per property. Old stoves must be dismantled and brought to a RDCK landfill or transfer station for disposal.
For more information on the program, or for a copy of the rebate application, visit www.rdck.ca.