Changeout


LOWER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN WOODSTOVE CHANGEOUT PROGRAM


The American Lung Association in Michigan is fighting for cleaner air and better health by coordinating financial incentives for residents of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan to replace or upgrade inefficient, higher polluting wood-burning stoves or hydronic heaters with cleaner-burning, more energy-efficient wood-burning or natural gas appliance replacements and retrofits. Residents of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan that use older wood or coal burning heating appliances as their primary or significant heating source may be eligible for a rebate, depending on the type of replacement appliance and income level.



PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The Program will be launched as a limited pilot program from August 8 – October 31, 2016 with a focus on income-qualified participants in 4 designated counties: Kent, Muskegon, Grand Traverse, and Genesee Counties. The program will not be widely promoted; instead, the American Lung Association in Michigan will work with area community action agencies to recruit potential applicants and refer them to participating retailers. Funds are limited and may expire before October 31, 2016.

BENEFITS OF PARTICIPATION
Retailers will:
  • Attract new customers and increase sales.
  • Reduce the number of area chimney fires.
  • Help customers lower their home heating costs.
  • Enhance education about cleaner heating in your area.
  • Support the local economy.
  • Improve local air quality.
  • Reduce local health impacts and healthcare costs.

REQUIREMENTS OF PARTICIPATION
Retailers will: 
  • Promote Burn Wise Strategies. 
  • Confirm Applicant eligibility and guide application process.
  • Install new appliances and render old appliances inoperable through proper disposal.
  • Honor at point of purchase the rebate voucher for subsequent reimbursement.
  • Provide documentation of certified professional status.

APPLIANCES AND VOUCHER AMOUNTS FOR INCOME-QUALIFIED RESIDENT
  • EPA-certified woodstove, wood-pellet stove, or new Energy Efficient gas stove: Up to $3,000
  • EPA-certified hydronic heater or new Energy Efficient gas furnace or boiler: Up to $10,000
**Rebates are not to exceed the cost of the new equipment**

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
To participate in the Michigan Woodstove Changeout Program, email a completed retailer contact form to Jocelyn Hayward at jocelyn.hayward@lung.org.  To sign-up by phone, call 1-800-LUNGUSA.