Popular wood stove exchange program returns

Since March 1, the city has been offering $250 rebates

Back by popular demand for a fifth season, Campbell River’s wood stove exchange program will help residents replace older wood stoves with wood, pellet or gas heating appliances certified to national standards.

Beginning March 1, the city will offer more than 30 $250 rebates on a first-come, first-served basis until Apr. 30.

“We are pleased to be able to offer wood stove exchange rebates again this year. With the burning season winding down, this is a good time to consider switching out uncertified wood stoves with a high-efficiency cleaner-burning wood, pellet or gas heating appliance,” says Mayor Andy Adams. “Along with the City rebate, savings offered by participating retailers and suppliers make upgrading a wood stove a cost-effective and an environmentally-sound decision.”

Since this program began in 2009, 150 wood stoves have been exchanged.

“Fine particulate air pollution, including what’s generated by older wood stoves, is the primary air quality concern in less-populated areas of B.C. ,” adds Coun. Marlene Wright, who holds the environment portfolio for council.

“Reducing wood smoke pollution helps us all breathe a little easier.”

Campbell River Mirror

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