The Woodsmoke Reduction Program (Program) is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities. The Program is designed to help households replace an uncertified wood stove or insert used as a primary source of heat with a cleaner-burning and more efficient certified device.
The Program provides vouchers to eligible applicants for up to $5,000 toward the purchase (including installation and certain other related costs) of an EPA-certified stove or fireplace insert (wood, pellet, or electric) to replace an existing uncertified woodstove or insert.
To be eligible for the Program, an applicant must be using an uncertified woodstove or wood insert as a primary heat source. The incentive amount will depend on where the property is located and the applicant’s household income. The replacement device must be installed by a professional licensed installer and meet local fire and building codes. To ensure that the reductions in emissions are permanent, any device removed through the Program must be rendered permanently inoperable and recycled. The Program provides incentives for one replacement per household and is available to both homeowners and renters.
Retroactive rebates are NOT available under the Program, so applicants who remove the old device or purchase a new replacement device prior to being approved will be disqualified.