American Lung Association Wood Stove Change Out Info
The American Lung Association in Colorado is fighting for cleaner air
by providing $900,000 in vouchers to help replace or retrofit old wood
and coal stove appliances with new, efficient, EPA-certified
appliances. Residents and businesses of Boulder, Denver, Jefferson,
Larimer, and Weld counties that use older wood or coal burning heating
appliances for primary or significant heat are eligible for rebate of
$400 - $3,000, depending on the type of replacement appliance and income
level. Vouchers in the amount of $3,000 will be available for
low-income residents in the counties listed above.
Eligible Replacement Appliances
This program will replace or retrofit inefficient, higher-polluting
wood-burning or coal appliances with cleaner burning, more
energy-efficient heating appliances and technologies. Specifically, the
following replacement scenarios are eligible and are referred to
collectively as "Eligible Replacement Appliances":
- Replacing older hydronic heaters with EPA-certified hydronic
heaters, or with EPA-certified wood stoves, other cleaner burning, more
energy-efficient hearth appliances (e.g. wood pellet, gas, or propane
appliances), or EPA Energy Star qualified heating appliances.
- Replacing non-EPA-certified wood stoves with EPA-certified wood stoves or cleaner-burning, more energy-efficient appliances.
- Replacing or retrofitting wood-burning fireplaces with EPA Phase II
qualified retrofit devices or cleaner-burning natural gas fireplaces.
Many Coloradans depend on wood stoves as a primary source of heat,
but a lot of the wood stoves in operation today are inefficient and emit
unnecessary levels of toxic air pollutants, like particulate matter and
other ozone precursors. The fine particles in smoke - also called fine
particle pollution or PM2.5 - can get deep into the lungs, harming the
lungs, blood vessels and heart. People with heart, vascular or lung
disease, older adults and children are the most at risk. Learn more
about the health effects of PM2.5.
New wood, natural gas, and pellet stoves are much more efficient and
are regulated by the EPA to control emissions, so a stove bought today
is much cleaner-burning and releases fewer harmful air pollutants and
carcinogens. By replacing older stoves with new ones, residents will
save money and improve their health, while the rest of us benefit from
Save money by saving lives
- Improve outdoor air quality and public health
- Save money by burning energy more efficiently
- Improve family lung health by reducing indoor air pollution by 70%
How it works
Qualifying residents will submit a voucher application to the
American Lung Association in Colorado (ALAC). If the application is
approved, the voucher is valid for 6 weeks, and in that time the
approved resident will bring the voucher to a participating stove
retailer to determine the type of Eligible Replacement Appliance they
would like. After the appliance and any required up-fits are
determined, the retailer (or their certified installer) will work with
the resident to determine the voucher amount and complete the
installation. The voucher acts as sort of 'coupon', discounting the new
appliance unit or installation immediately for the resident at point of
purchase. After sale and installation, it is then the retailer's
responsibility to submit the voucher and all qualifying documentation to
ALAC for payment.
on a voucher recipient's specific needs at their residence and/or low
income qualified status, five types of vouchers will be provided:
- $400 toward the purchase of an EPA Phase II qualified retrofit device or cleaner-burning natural gas fireplace.
- $750 toward the purchase of an EPA certified wood stove Eligible Replacement Appliance*
- $1,000 toward the purchase of an EPA-certified wood stove meeting 2020 Step 2 emission limits Eligible Replacement Appliance*
- $1,500 toward the purchase of a natural gas, propane, or EPA certified wood pellet Eligible Replacement Appliance*
- $3,000 for the full replacement of an existing appliance (installation and new appliance costs) in low-income households.
- Low income status will be determined by proof of current participation in the following programs
i. Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
ii. Energy Outreach Colorado
iv. Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Food Program
v. Income eligibility based on the prior year's federal or state income tax statement (if available)
Am I eligible?
Applicants must meet the following criteria: *Refer to the 'Eligible Replacement Appliances' section
1. Must be a resident of Boulder, Denver, Jefferson, Larimer, or Weld county.
a. Renters do
qualify for a voucher, but proof of landlord's approval must be provided
and stove must remain with the residence, not the renter, if the renter
2. Must use a non-EPA certified wood
stove, hydronic heater, or other hearth appliance as a significant or
primary source of heat in primary residence (no secondary or vacation
homes are eligible) or frequently used non-residential buildings (e.g.,
churches, greenhouses, schools).
3. Agree to turn in non-EPA certified
appliance to a participating retailer and replace it with a new natural
gas or propane stove or EPA Certified wood-stove or wood-pellet
4. Have the stove professionally
installed by a participating retailer who will assure that the stove
installation meets all appropriate building and safety codes and that
the appliance is installed according to the appliance manufacturer's
owner/installation manual (no do-it-yourself installations).
5. Must enter into a purchase and sale
agreement with a participating retailer prior to the expiration of the
voucher (a 6-week period). The new appliance does NOT have to be
installed within that time frame.
6. Limit of one voucher per household
7. Must fully complete a voucher
application form including a photo of the existing appliance and any
documentation required if applying for the income qualified voucher.
a. To prove low income status,
documentation should be a copy of your current Medicaid card, or a copy
of an official letter certifying that you are currently participating in
the LEAP, WIC, or Energy Outreach Colorado programs.
b. Income eligibility may also be based on the prior year's federal or state income tax statement (if available).
How do I apply?
Complete the voucher application form in its entirety CLICK HERE. Application instructions are at the
beginning of the voucher application, and voucher approval or denial
should be received within four weeks of submission. After voucher
approval, recipient will have 6 weeks to enter into a purchase and sale
agreement with a participating retailer. Please see the
'Application and Resources' section below for additional materials.
Britt Coyne, Air Quality Program Coordinator
American Lung Association in Colorado
5600 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Suite 100