A New Program From Mass CEC Could Help You Save Thousands On A New Stove!

Dear Residents,

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), is offering a new round of funding through the Commonwealth Wood Stove Change-Out Program.

Any Massachusetts resident or business currently operating a non-EPA-certified wood stove or fireplace insert is eligible for a rebate of up to $1,750 when replacing an existing stove with an eligible model. Those who meet certain income requirements are eligible for rebates of up to $3,000.

If you own an old wood stove and would like to replace it with a new, low-emission EPA-certified wood or pellet stove, visit MassCEC’s website to find out more. If you are eligible, we will be happy to submit a rebate application on your behalf after installing your new stove. Act now to make sure you don’t miss the August 22nd application deadline!

If you have any other questions feel free to contact us or see the information below.

1220 Route 28A
Cataumet MA 02534
Phone: 508-563-3280
Fax: 508-564-7950

Email: Info@TheStoveCenter.com

Homeowners are eligible for the standard rebate if:

  • Their old woodstove is currently operational, non-EPA certified, and located in a residential building.
  • The stove they plan to purchase is EPA-certified and meets Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program emissions requirements for new stoves.

Homeowners are eligible for a low-income rebate if:

  • They meet all requirements for the standard rebate and their annual household income falls below 80 percent of the Massachusetts state median income level, as detailed below.
Household Size 80% of State Median Income
1 $45,335
2 $59,284
3 $72,233
4 $87,183
5 $101,132
6 $115,081

 

Before applying for the low-income rebate, homeowners must demonstrate their eligibility in one of the following ways:

  • Verify that their annual income meets program requirements using a third-party service, free of charge, available through MassCEC’s income verification portal prior to July 17, 2017; or
  • Provide a copy of their current fuel assistance letter; or
  • Provide an electric bill issued within the last six months showing they receive a discounted utility rate.

Only residents earning less than 60 percent of state median income are eligible for fuel assistance or discounted electricity rates. Therefore, customers earning between 60 percent and 80 percent of the state median must apply through MassCEC’s income verification portal.

Homeowners are not eligible for the program if:

  • They are not replacing an existing operational woodstove or fireplace insert.
  • Their existing woodstove or fireplace insert is EPA-certified. Only non-EPA certified stoves are eligible for replacement under the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program.
  • They wish to replace an existing pellet stove. Existing pellet stoves are not eligible for replacement under the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program.
  • Homeowners who are not eligible to participate in the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program may be eligible for rebates for other clean heating and cooling technologies.

Homeowners are eligible for the standard rebate if:

  • Their old woodstove is currently operational, non-EPA certified, and located in a residential building.
  • The stove they plan to purchase is EPA-certified and meets Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program emissions requirements for new stoves.

Homeowners are eligible for a low-income rebate if:

  • They meet all requirements for the standard rebate and their annual household income falls below 80 percent of the Massachusetts state median income level, as detailed below.
Household Size 80% of State Median Income
1 $45,335
2 $59,284
3 $72,233
4 $87,183
5 $101,132
6 $115,081

 

Before applying for the low-income rebate, homeowners must demonstrate their eligibility in one of the following ways:

  • Verify that their annual income meets program requirements using a third-party service, free of charge, available through MassCEC’s income verification portal prior to July 17, 2017; or
  • Provide a copy of their current fuel assistance letter; or
  • Provide an electric bill issued within the last six months showing they receive a discounted utility rate.

Only residents earning less than 60 percent of state median income are eligible for fuel assistance or discounted electricity rates. Therefore, customers earning between 60 percent and 80 percent of the state median must apply through MassCEC’s income verification portal.

Homeowners are not eligible for the program if:

  • They are not replacing an existing operational woodstove or fireplace insert.
  • Their existing woodstove or fireplace insert is EPA-certified. Only non-EPA certified stoves are eligible for replacement under the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program.
  • They wish to replace an existing pellet stove. Existing pellet stoves are not eligible for replacement under the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program.
  • Homeowners who are not eligible to participate in the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program may be eligible for rebates for other clean heating and cooling technologies.

How do I determine whether my current stove is EPA-certified?

  • All woodstoves legally manufactured for sale in the United States on or after July 1, 1988 were required to achieve EPA certification, and are considered to be EPA certified for purposes of this program. Stoves manufactured after this deadline are marked with a permanent EPA certification label or tag on the back of the stove. Stoves certified by the 1988 New Source Performance Standard are also listed here. If you are not sure if your current stove is EPA-certified, first check the back of the stove for an EPA tag. If you are still not sure, then search for your stove in the above mentioned list.

What are the requirements for EPA-certified stoves?

  • Under the 1988 New Source Performance Standards, all stoves manufactured for sale in the United States after 1990 must emit 7.5 g/hr or less of particulate matter. Although new requirements released by the EPA in 2015 further decreased this threshold to 4.5 g/hr, MassCEC recognizes all stoves certified under either the 1988 or 2015 NSPS as EPA certified for the purposes of determining which stoves can be replaced under this Program.

How much will my rebate be?

  • Standard rebates range from $500 to $1,750 per change-out, and low-income rebates range from $1,500 to $3,000, based on stove specifications. See Table 1 in the program manual for details.

How do different stove types compare in terms of price?

  • Typically, the stoves with the lowest emissions and most automated features are the most expensive. However, stoves should be evaluated based on the homeowner’s needs. Fully automotive woodstoves are, on average, the most expensive woodstoves, but are the cleanest burning when installed. Pellet stoves, which generally have lower emissions than traditional woodstoves, tend to be moderately more expensive than traditional wood stoves, in part because most have automated components and other high-end features. Catalytic stoves are moderately more expensive than non-catalytic stoves. When comparing non-catalytic stoves to one another, models that emit more grams per hour of particulate matter ironically are often more expensive. In some cases they are simply less effective at eliminating particulate, while in other cases they simply have the capacity to burn more wood and provide more heat on an hourly basis. The Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program’s higher rebate levels for low-emitting stoves aim to compensate homeowners for buying cleaner-burning models.

Through a partnership between MassCEC and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program has committed $1.8 million in funding for change-outs from 2017 through 2019. The 2017 program represents the sixth round of funding since the program’s launch in 2012.

The program has helped more than 1,400 residents swap out their non-EPA certified, inefficient stoves for newer, cleaner models, and approximately 500 of these rebates went to residents earning less than 80 percent of the state median income.

For questions on the Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program, please contact us at woodstoves@masscec.com or (617) 712-1109.