New Brunswick

Wood stove replacement rebate program launched

The New Brunswick Lung Association hopes offering a $250 rebate will encourage people to replace their old wood stoves with more efficient models that offer health, environmental and financial benefits..

New Brunswick Lung Association hopes $250 will ignite interest in switching to more efficient models

The New Brunswick Lung Association and the provincial government are teaming up to help people with old wood stoves switch to more efficient models.

The Wood Stove Change Out Program will give eligible applicants a $250 rebate on a new heating system.

Larry Tannaill, co-ordinator of the Wood Stove Change Out Program. says switching to a more efficient model can have health, environmental and financial benefits. (Megan Goddard/CBC)
Organizers hope to see at least 100 upgrades.

The provincial lung association says replacing older stoves with cleaner burning CSA-certified models can cut emissions by up to 90 per cent.

Larry Tannahill, the project co-ordinator, said there's another environmental benefit to making the switch.

"And that is in reducing the demand on fuel, saving one-third of the fuel on each change out over the 100 wood stoves will result in a net of  97 hectares of forest being freed up sustainable forest for habitat and for other uses as well," he said.

Having a new stove installed could also result in lower insurance rates, officials said.

The rebate applies to wood and pellet stoves, furnaces or fireplace inserts and a fireplace insert into an existing fireplace.

People with more than one uncertified appliance can may apply for more than one rebate.

The deadline to apply is March 31.

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