Tuesday, March 7, 2023 / by Linda Pasley
Are you a homeowner in the Town of Mammoth Lakes? Then you’ll be excited to hear about the new Wood Stove Replacement Program available from the Town. This program offers homeowners with older wood-burning stoves access to rebates and assistance for replacing them with cleaner burning alternatives. The town is committed to providing clean air for its citizens and taking swift action on reducing smoke pollution from residential sources such as outdated wood burning stoves, ensuring that your home does not add revenue generating particles into our environment. Let us dive in to learn more about this great opportunity!
Today, Mammoth Lakes officials announced a new Woodstove Replacement Program for property owners who want to upgrade from wood-burning stoves and fireplaces to cleaner, more efficient heating systems.
The Woodsmoke Reduction Program is part of the Great Basin Air Pollution Control District’s “Clean Air Projects Program” funded by the 2018 Order to Pay issued by the District to the Department of Los Angeles Water and Power (LADWP). Officials from the Town of Mammoth Lakes have chosen to spend their funds to assist homeowners reduce woodsmoke emissions from wood-burning heating systems in the community.
The program is designed to help households replace an uncertified woodstove, wood insert, or fireplace used as a primary source of heat with a cleaner burning and more efficient device. Town residents using uncertified woodstoves or wood inserts manufactured before July 1, 1988 or fireplaces as a primary source of heat are eligible for this Program. The Program will offer incentives towards the purchase and installation of a qualifying device. There are two incentive options for the program.
Enhanced Incentive: Low-income households will be eligible to receive a higher incentive of up to $4,000. To qualify for the Enhanced Incentive, applicants must demonstrate a household income not exceeding 80 percent of the Statewide Median Household Income or County-specific California Department of Housing and Community Development low-income limits. Eligibility may also be established through proof of participation in an existing federal or State low-income assistance program.
Standard Incentive: All other households, regardless of their income, will qualify for a standard incentive of up to $2,000 to be applied towards the purchase and installation of the new device.
Please note, all replaced stoves must also be freely relinquished to the retailer during new installation, and open fireplaces must be rendered inoperable.
This program is open to the public through local participating retailers on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis until all allocated funds are exhausted. Qualified payments for new systems will only be made to participating retailers.
All interested Mammoth Lakes property owners are encouraged to apply with the application on the project website and contact one of the participating retailers serving the area: A Better Fireplace & Stove Company (760) 934-3453 or Manor True Value Hardware (760) 873-3106.