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Woodstove exchange program back with increased rebates

The Prince George Air Improvement Roundtable (PGAIR) has announced the return of the Woodstove Exchange Program this year. This is an initiative by the provincial government to encourage people to exchange their older, smoky wood burning appliances for low emission appliances, including gas, pellet, and EPA-certified clean burning wood stoves or inserts.

Residential wood burning is a significant source of fine particulate matter (PM) in B.C., including Prince George. Aimed at improving community air quality and achieving reductions in particulate matter, this program helps create awareness about the health impacts of wood smoke by providing education on clean burning techniques through workshops, pamphlets, websites, and social media.

The 2022 Woodstove Exchange Program invites eligible residents of Prince George and the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George to trade in their old wood heat appliance for a new emissions certified wood burning or natural gas appliance, pellet stove, or a heat pump to receive up to $1000 in rebate. Program participants who require a Solid Fuel Burning Appliance Permit through the regional district are eligible to have their permit fee waived.

Those who qualify for the CleanBC Indigenous Community Heat Pump Incentive are also welcome to apply for Woodstove Exchange Program rebates simultaneously.

The PGAIR Woodstove Exchange Program is a partnership with the BC Lung Foundation and the Province of BC, and is also supported locally through contributions from local governments.

Further information and application forms can be found on the PGAIR website, or by phoning
250-612-0252.
Resources
● PGAIR Woodstove Exchange Program Website:
https://www.pgairquality.com/Programs/wood-stove-exchange
● Burn It Clean Tips:
https://www.pgairquality.com/Programs/burn-it-clean

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