Keene Woodstove Changeout Rebates Going Fast
Keene, NH - Rebate vouchers are still available for Keene homeowners who wish to upgrade their older woodstoves. Keene’s woodstove changeout campaign, co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and the City of Keene, officially began on October 22, 2009. According to campaign coordinator Corey Canning, over half the available rebate vouchers were issued during the first two weeks of the campaign.
The application process is straight-forward. Forms can be obtained on-line or in person from the Keene Planning Department. Homeowners must be currently operating a woodstove that is not EPA certified. Generally, those manufactured prior to 1990 qualify. Once determined eligible for the program, homeowners are issued rebate vouchers, and they have three weeks to visit participating retailers and select a new woodstove, pellet stove, or gas heating appliance. New units must be EPA certified and meet strict air emission standards. Homeowners also agree to surrender their old stoves, which are rendered inoperable and properly recycled by the retailers.
Keene homeowner Steve Perkins was among the first to complete the changeout process. Wanting to help reduce air pollution in the Keene valley, he surrendered an old Scandia woodstove for a new EPA-certified Vista stove in a rental property he owns. According to Perkins, “It was a “win-win” situation for all. My tenants are thrilled with how much more heat is generated from the new wood stove. Total cost was about $1,600, and with the voucher, it only cost me $600. Without the exchange program I wouldn't have even considered upgrading, due to the cost. Now we have a safer, great looking wood stove that will be better for the environment!” Perkins’ tenants previously burned about four cords of wood during a typical heating season, but now expect to burn one-third less wood, due to the efficiency of the new stove.
Purchasing a new cleaner-burning stove during 2009 or 2010 also enables homeowners to benefit from a federal tax credit of 30 percent of out-of-pocket expenses, up to a total of $1,500. Another incentive—a free ton of wood pellets-- is also being offered for those who purchase pellet stoves through certain retailers
The program plans to issue a total of 100 vouchers to Keene homeowners. Rebates funds are available through an environmental settlement with out-of-state power plants. For information about how you can apply for a woodstove changeout rebate voucher, visit http://ci.keene.nh.us/sustainability/woodstove-changeout or contact Corey Canning at the Keene Planning Department 352-5474 or 856-5323.
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