Wood stove exchange program aims to increase air quality

NANAIMO – Province encouraging the replacement of old wood burning stoves with rebate offer.

Winter is here and that means colder temperatures.It also means finding ways to keep warm, particularly at night. But some methods for keeping warm, such as using old woodstoves, can lead to increased air pollution and air quality advisories during the winter months. In an effort to reduce air pollution, the provincial government is encouraging residents to take advantage of its Wood Stove Exchange program, which provides individuals with a $250 rebate when they replace an old wood-burning stove with the purchase of a newer wood-burning, pellet or natural gas stove.The province has also given the Regional District of Nanaimo $19,750 as part of the Wood Stove Exchange program.

According to the B.C. government, newer emissions-certified wood stoves burn one-third less wood and reduce smoke and particulates entering the atmosphere by as much as 70 per cent.The Wood Stove Exchange program is a partnership project between the province and the B.C. Lung Association. Since 2008, communities throughout B.C. have received roughly $2.7 million in provincial funding and more than 7,000 wood-burning stoves and have been replaced. For more information on the program, please visit www.bcairquality.ca/topics/wood-stove-exchange-program/

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Beefs & Bouquets, June 3

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Provincial funding will help Regional District of Nanaimo create poverty reduction strategy

RDN partnering with Nanaimo, Lantzville, Qualicum and Islands Trust on regional project

Parcel stolen from front porch, Nanaimo RCMP looking for suspect

Unidentified woman allegedly stole package containing $400 smart watch

Police look for suspect after alleged assault at gas station in Nanaimo

Victim says he was punched in the head several times in late April at business in South Wellington

280-unit development in Lantzville will proceed to public hearing

Mayor says Clark/Medd properties affect municipality’s future

If Trudeau won’t stand up to Trump, how will regular people: Singh

Trudeau did not directly answer a question about Trump’s actions amid protests

B.C. ranchers, lodge operators say Indigenous land title shuts them out

Tsilhqot’in jurisdiction affects grazing, access to private property

As two B.C. offices see outbreaks, Dr. Henry warns tests don’t replace other measures

Physical distancing, PPE and sanitizing remain key to reduce COVID-19 spread

Greater Victoria drive-thru window smashed after man receives burger without mustard

Greater Victoria Wendy’s staff call police after man allegedly rips Plexiglas barrier off window

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Vancouver Island school principal mourns family killed during U.S. protests

Jelks says he’s grateful for the outpouring of support from the community in the wake of this tragedy

Murder charge upgraded in George Floyd case, 3 other cops charged

Floyd’s family and protesters have repeatedly called for criminal charges against all four officers

Young killer whale untangles itself from trap line off Nanaimo’s Rocky Point

DFO marine mammal rescue unit was en route as whale broke free from prawn trap line

Most Read