Wood stove exchange program returns

If your old wood stove is burning a hole in your pocketbook, the Regional District of Nanaimo can help.

Under the new region-wide Woodstove Exchange and Outreach Program, residents can receive a $250 rebate to replace an existing wood-burning appliance with a new high-efficiency wood stove, insert, pellet stove or gas stove/fireplace.

“The RDN board is pleased to continue the popular wood stove exchange program in 2013,” said chairman Joe Stanhope. “This program supports several objectives of the RDN board’s commitment to sustainability, including the protection of local air quality. This funding ensures that residents across the region can continue to meet their home heating needs by using abundant natural resources.”

New high-efficiency wood stoves are proven to burn one-third less wood, reduce emissions by up to 70 per cent and significantly reduce the risk of chimney fires.

The appliance must have been purchased after Jan. 18, 2013, and rebates are available while funding lasts.

A series of wood heating workshops will be held this month and in February with a Wood Energy Technology Transfer-certified professional.

For more information about the Woodstove Exchange and Outreach Program or about the upcoming workshop series, please call 250-390-6510 or 250-954-3798. Information is also available by visiting or by visiting the RDN Facebook page or Twitter feed.

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