Community Wood Smoke Reduction Program
2023 Community Wood Smoke Reduction Program
Are you ready to become more healthy and climate-smart in 2023? The CVRD can help with the new Community Wood Smoke Reduction Program that provides rebates for replacing or removing old, smoky wood-burning appliances with the Wood-Burning Appliance Exchange Initiative and *NEW* Wood-Burning Appliance Bounty Initiative!
Wood-Burning Appliance Exchange Initiative
Like previous years, the CVRD's Wood-Burning Appliance Exchange Program is in place to provide financial assistance to replace old, smoky wood-burning appliances with healthier, more efficient heating options. This year, there are more incentives than ever with the rebates below:
*NEW* Wood-Burning Appliance Bounty Initiative
Beginning in 2023, the CVRD is providing a separate incentive for residents to remove existing non-EPA or CSA-certified wood-burning appliances without installing new heating appliances. This $300 one-time incentive is limited to one appliance per household.
Apply for the CVRD Rebate!
All applications must be completed and submitted by November 30, 2023. Applications received after the deadline will not be eligible for a rebate.
Stack Rebates to Reduce Costs!
Heat Pumps – Keeping you Warm in the Winter and Cool in the Summer
Tips for Reducing Air Pollution
- Dry wood reduces air pollution
- Dry wood saves you money. To get the most out of your firewood, only use dry firewood (wood with less than 20% moisture content); otherwise, your fire won’t burn as hot and you will produce harmful smoke by drying wood in your woodstove. Also, you have to use a lot more wood to try to stay warm if your wood is not properly dry.
What are the Air Quality Pollution Levels Right Now?
Check out the maps below for information on real-time air pollution levels:
Purple Air Sensor Map – will show you what the small particulate matter (PM2.5) levels are right now. PM2.5 is bad news for your heart and lungs.