The City of Kamloops is launching a new rebate program to complement the wood stove and fireplace exchange program it has offered since 2018.
The new wood stove scrap-it program offers a $200 rebate to homeowners who remove and recycle an eligible wood-burning appliance and do not want to replace it.
The existing wood stove and fireplace exchange program offers a rebate of up to $800, plus a $300 FortisBC rebate for gas appliances, to homeowners who remove and replace an eligible wood-burning appliance with a new, lower-emission one.
“These programs encourage residents to decommission older, non-EPA-certified wood‑burning appliances as they emit more particulates than newer alternatives, which in turn will help minimize harmful emissions from entering our airshed,” said Sherry Boateng, the city’s sustainability program co-ordinator.
The programs operate in partnership with the BC Lung Association and the provincial government and align with the Kamloops Airshed Management Plan’s goal of protecting our air quality.
The program also features safe and efficient wood-burning information for households that do burn wood for heat. The information encourages residents to use clean, dry, seasoned wood or pellets in an EPA-certified appliance as it produces up to 70 per cent fewer particulate emissions and can be up to 30 per cent more efficient.
To take advantage of the wood stove and fireplace exchange program, residents with a wood stove or fireplace can visit one of Kamloops’ three authorized program retailers — The Fireplace Centre, The Fireplace Gallery or Johnson Walsh — for information on program eligibility and to receive a rebate application form.
Program pre-registration is available online at kamloops.ca/woodstove and is required to determine program eligibility.
For full details on both programs go online to kamloops.ca/woodstove.