“They didn’t have the same standards and regulations then,” he said. “The fumes are certainly stronger. New models are more efficient in that regard.”
To qualify, residents must have an existing wood stove to trade in and must receive approval for a rebate before purchasing the wood stove. A wood stove purchased before a rebate is awarded is not eligible for the program. Residents can apply for a voucher by submitting a paper application or online application.
Access the online application and more information on the program by visiting www.masscec.com/woodstove. Once an application is approved, MassCEC will issue a voucher that can be redeemed at any participating wood stove dealer in Massachusetts for a discount on the retail price of the stove. MassCEC will then reimburse retailers for the value of the voucher.
Low-income residents who provide proof of enrollment in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), MassHealth or Women, Infants and Children (WIC) are eligible for a $2,000 rebate, while other Massachusetts residents are eligible for a $750 rebate.
MassCEC is accepting applications until March 4, 2014, when properly completed applications will be evaluated and qualified for vouchers.