The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Energy Resources, is offering a generous Commonwealth Wood Stove Change-Out Program. The program offers rebates to assist Massachusetts residents in replacing non-EPA-certified wood stoves with cleaner, more efficient EPA-certified wood or pellet stoves. Applications will be accepted through May 22, 2015.
Residents can work with the staff at Kirley Masonry & Stove Emporium to change-out old stoves and apply for the rebate.
Rebates range from $750 to $1,250, depending on emission levels and type of stove, and from $1,750 to $2,250 for residents who meet certain income requirements. Harman pellet stoves sold at Kirley will qualify for the $1,250 standard rebate or $2,250 low income rebate. Wood stoves are eligible for a standard rebate of $1,000 or $2,000 for a low-income rebate.
If you believe your current stove is not EPA-certified and you’d like to replace it with an EPA-certified stove, please visit Kirley to understand the options available to you. Check the list of EPA Certified Woodstoves.
Once you’ve made the decision to replace your existing stove with a new one, you’ll be required to complete the following steps with Kirley to begin the application:
- Agree to the sale of stove and installation by making a down payment of 10 percent. Kirley requires payment of full cost of stove upon approval of rebate reward. Installation cost can be paid upon completion of project.
- Read and sign the program participant’s agreement, which states that you agree to the terms of the program.
- Provide information (listed below), including your electric bill and any low-income documentation, to the stove professional so that they can submit the application to MassCEC.
Provide the following as a printed copy and also email as attachment to email@example.com
- Information on your existing stove:
a. A picture of the stove.
b. A legible picture of a plaque, label, or tag found on the back of the stove, if available.
c. The make and model number and the year of installation or manufacture.
- Pictures of existing stove piping inside and outside of home. If the stove will be in a new location, also provide pictures of new location inside and outside of home.
- A copy of your electric bill from 2015, and
- If you’d like to apply for a low-income rebate, one of the following documents to demonstrate your eligibility emailed as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org:
a. A LIHEAP Fuel Assistance letter for the 2014-2015 season, showing the date, name and address, or
b. A copy of your electric bill from 2015, showing a low-income rate code (for National Grid or Unitil: R2. For Eversource(formerly NSTAR and WMECo): A2 or A3), or
c. Income threshold verification through our third-party service, available at Spillane Consulting Associates. You may submit for income verification prior to applying for a rebate or up to 1 week after applying.
Once an agreement has been made to purchase the stove and all of the information has been provided to Kirley, Kirley will submit the application online. MassCEC will review applications and notify you and Kirley once the application is approved. At that point, the participating stove professional will reduce the total cost of the stove and installation by the amount of the rebate, and the project must be installed and inspected within 12 weeks from rebate award date. Once the project is complete, MassCEC will reimburse the Kirley in the amount of the rebate.