Ken is only one of our more than 200 success stories. As an initiative of Clean Air Minnesota, Project Stove Swap connects residents of all income levels with their local wood stove vendor to swap out their older, inefficient wood stove, identify potential discounts for a new model, and breathe easier by reducing wood smoke.
Through Project Stove Swap, we work to support community wellness through continuous air emissions reductions. Over time, too much wood smoke can lead to a variety of health issues including asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and heart disease. In some cases, an inefficient wood stove is also a fire and safety hazard.
Swapping out just one older wood stove for a new model is the pollution reduction equivalent of removing more than 700 cars from the road per year, making it an efficient way to improve air quality. Through dealing with local vendors and manufacturers, this program supports local economies, public health, and Minnesota’s environment all at the same time.
Vendors & Current Service Area
Mary Lynn Salisbury, current Project Stove Swap vendor and President of Fireplace Lifestyles in Grand Rapids, said, “Because of Project Stove Swap, the Fireplace Lifestyles team and their key manufacturing partners added more employees to assist in every department. Project Stove Swap has allowed our customers, and ourselves, to go a long way down the road toward lowering heating bills and improving air quality.”
Current funds are available for residents who are income-qualified or over the age of 55 in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis Counties. View our full, current list of vendors here.
How Can I Swap Out My Stove?
1. CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY
Current Project Stove Swap funds are available for residents 55 years of age or older in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and St. Louis Counties. Income-qualified incentives are also available to residents who qualify for a number of federal assistance programs, or other pertinent income eligibility criteria used by local community action service providers.
Current funding requires that the appliance being replaced was manufactured before 1992 and is the major heat source in a primary residence. This includes wood stoves and fireplace inserts, pellet stoves and inserts, forced air furnaces, and hydronic heaters. Project Stove Swap vendors can help you determine whether or not your existing appliance is eligible for replacement.
If you have questions about eligibility, contact Jon Emerson-Kramer at 612-334-3388 ext. 8109.
2. FIND A VENDOR and APPLY
Look at our list of vendors and counties to select a vendor in your area. If you have a vendor you would prefer, Environmental Initiative can work with them to get registered with Project Stove Swap.
Your vendor can help you select a new device and submit an application for the program rebate. For more information about incentive amounts and eligible appliances, check out our incentive and appliance guide.
3. INSTALL YOUR NEW DEVICE
You and your vendor will work together to arrange for installation with an accredited installer. Project Stove Swap’s incentive will be added as a discount on your vendor’s invoice. Customers are responsible for all costs above the incentive amount.
4. COMPLETE TRAINING
Once your new device is installed, your vendor will train you on its operation and fill out a certification form on your behalf.
Breathe easier knowing your new stove is helping your health and the environment. If you think any of your neighbors would benefit from a new stove, be sure to share the project with them!
Frequently Asked Questions
WHY FOCUS ON WOOD SMOKE?
According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the majority of the air pollutants of concern today come from smaller, widespread sources that are not regulated in the way power plants and factories are. These smaller sources include cars, trucks, construction equipment, residential wood burning, and residential garbage burning.
These sources contribute nearly 75 percent of air pollution emissions in the state.
In particular, wood smoke is composed of a mix of gases, chemicals, and fine particles. The finest particles are small enough to be absorbed by the lungs and enter into the bloodstream, which can cause a variety of health concerns, especially in children, the elderly and people with existing heart, lung or upper respiratory conditions.
For more information on the health effects of wood smoke, check here.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE?
Current Project Stove Swap funds are available for residents 55 years of age or older in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake and St. Louis counties.
Older wood burning appliances manufactured before 1992 that are used as a primary or major heat source in a residence are eligible for the program. This includes wood stoves and fireplace inserts, pellet stoves and inserts, forced air furnaces, and hydronic heaters. Project Stove Swap vendors can help you determine whether or not your existing appliance is eligible for replacement. Check your eligibility in the menu above.
WHERE IS PROJECT STOVE SWAP TAKING PLACE?
Environmental Initiative is currently partnering with Minnesota Power, the Environmental Protection Agency, Northland Foundation, and the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation to offer financial incentives for stove replacement through Project Stove Swap. The map above indicates the areas where funding is available. We are exploring our options to expand into all parts of Minnesota in 2019.
WHAT NEW DEVICES CAN I INSTALL?
Project Stove Swap replaces wood and pellet stoves and inserts, hydronic heaters, wood furnaces, gas furnaces, and gas stoves and inserts. These devices must be EPA certified or Energy Star certified, respectively, reasonably energy efficient, and be the primary heat source for the home. A list of devices can be found here.
WHY DOES MY NEW DEVICE NEED TO BE INSTALLED BY A CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL?
Proper installation is critical to the safety, efficiency, and easy operation of heating appliances. Properly certified professionals have the industry standard in training and will make sure that your device is ready to run for the long-term.
WHY DOES MY OLD APPLIANCE NEED TO BE RECYCLED?
The goal of Project Stove Swap is to reduce air pollution by retiring older, inefficient wood-burning appliances. In recent years, technological advances have made new wood-burning appliances much more efficient, enabling them to produce the same amount of heat while producing significantly less smoke. Installing new wood and gas appliances saves homeowners and businesses time and money while helping us all breathe easier.
If an old appliance is re-installed, it is still producing emissions and jeopardizing the safety and health of its users. Old appliances must be destroyed and recycled in order to make sure that this doesn’t happen.