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February 19, 2014

Bay Staters encouraged to trade in old wood stoves

Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan yesterday announced a new round of the Commonwealth’s Woodstove Change-out Program, committing up to $1 million to assist residents in replacing their inefficient wood stoves for healthier, higher-efficiency models.

“The Patrick Administration is committed to supporting programs that allow everyone — from residents to businesses to municipalities — to get involved in our clean energy initiatives,” Sullivan said. “These newer stoves save families money every month and lead to cleaner air for all citizens of the commonwealth.”

Tom Fournier, manager of HearthWorks Centers in North Reading, said he thought the program was “innovative.”

“I think it’s a great way for people to get more up-to-date stoves and ones that are better for the environment,” he said.

The program, first launched last winter, provides vouchers to Massachusetts residents looking to trade in their existing non-U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-certified stoves for models that use less wood and release less pollution into the air.

Fournier said HearthWorks Centers was a big participant in last year’s program. He didn’t know how many vouchers were traded in but he said it was well into the hundreds.

The Commonwealth Woodstove Change-out Program is administered by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and funded jointly by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) and MassCEC.

“Clean energy adoption comes in many shapes and sizes, and this program allows residents to participate in Massachusetts’ thriving clean energy economy by choosing to upgrade their woodstoves,” said MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton. “We’re excited to build upon the success of last year’s program and continue helping residents take control of their energy use right in their own homes.”

Fournier said stoves older than 1988 are known to be less eco-friendly.

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