If you’re considering upgrading your traditional open-hearth fireplace or your old wood-burning stove, you could be eligible for a rebate through Sacramento’s Wood Stove and Wood Fireplace Change Out Incentive Program. In an effort to cut down on air pollution in the city, the Sacramento Air Quality Management District offers up to a $1,500 rebate to low-income residents and up to a $450 rebate to non-low-income residents who upgrade from an open-hearth fireplace, or a wood-stove or wood-burning fireplace insert that is not EPA certified to an EPA-certified wood, gas or pellet stoves or fireplace inserts.
Why upgrade your existing wood-burning fireplace or stove?
If you’re lighting a fire in an open-hearth fireplace or a wood-burning stove that’s more than 20 years old, you are releasing fine particles both into your home and into the air through your chimney. The fine particles contribute to air pollution and draw warnings from groups like the American Cancer Society.
In Sacramento, wood-burning stoves and fireplaces add to the air pollution. On days during which the city is forecasted to have low air quality, residents are prohibited from burning wood in indoor or outdoor fireplaces or stoves.
What are your options under the incentive program?
Fortunately, there are many options for replacing your traditional wood-burning fireplace, outdated insert, or stove that will improve air quality within your home and in the city. If you enjoy a wood-burning stove or fireplace, Sacramento’s incentive program includes EPA-certified wood-burning fireplace inserts and wood-burning stoves. In addition to reducing your environmental impact, the EPA-certified wood-burning appliances are up to 70 percent more efficient, which also will save you money on fuel.
Pellet stoves are another option for those who favor wood burning. The stoves, which are more efficient than traditional log-burning wood-stoves, are fueled by pellets made of compressed sawdust and wood shavings, and sometimes corn and wheat hulls. In addition to lowering your environmental impact, pellet stoves offer convenience, as bags of pellets are readily available. The pellets are made from a renewable resource and save wood byproducts from the landfills, adding to their eco-friendly appeal.
Gas stoves offer one of the most air-friendly options, as the natural gas that fuels them has little impact on air quality. They also offer ease of use, as a fire can now be started without the need for logs or a match.
If you prefer the look of your open-hearth fireplace and enjoy relaxing next to the fire, gas logs offer another option. They provide the look and feel of a traditional fire, but without the air pollution. Gas logs, however, are more about ambiance than heat production.
Save money on your upgrade now
If you have been considering upgrading your fireplace or stove with a new, environmentally friendly insert or stove, call the experts at A to Z Chimney Services. A to Z’s knowledgeable staff can help you discover what type of appliance best suits your needs and guide you toward options that are eligible for a rebate under Sacramento’s Wood Stove and Wood Fireplace Change Out Program.