Up to $1,200 in rebates available to Carson City/Douglas residents for cleaner heating

Up to $1,200 in rebates available to Carson City and Douglas County residents to help purchase clean-heating appliances and reduce air pollution

Clean-heating rebate program aims to reduce air pollution, improve air quality, provide energy-efficiency savings, and support a healthy and sustainable future. Qualifying clean-heating appliances include new EPA-certified wood, pellet, gas insert, or gas heating technologies.

CARSON CITY/DOUGLAS COUNTY, NV ─ Did you know that wood-burning stoves are a significant source of harmful air pollution? The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP), working with the University of Nevada, Reno’s (UNR) Business Environmental Program, are excited to offer instant rebates to Carson City and Douglas County residents who replace their old wood-burning stoves through Nevada’s wintertime clean-heating rebate program. These rebate funds are now available to help offset the costs incurred by homeowners to convert older wood-heating appliances to new EPA-certified wood, pellet, gas insert, or gas heating technologies.

Studies show that smoke emitted by pre-1992 wood-burning stoves contain pollutants that can impact air quality and harm public health, including children and the elderly, who are the most sensitive to air pollution. During the cold winter months, temperature inversions can cause smoke from wood-burning stoves to get trapped close to the ground with other air pollutants, causing health-threatening conditions, both in local neighborhoods and region-wide. Upgrading to new clean-heating technologies provides the following immediate benefits that can help all of us breathe easier:

• Improve local air quality indoors and out
• Heat homes more efficiently for less money
• Cut creosote build-up in chimney and reduce the risk of fire
• Improve family lung health by reducing indoor air pollution by up to 70 percent

NDEP and UNR’s Business Environmental Program are partnering with the following area retailers to offer the rebate program:

• AJs Stoves: 1267A, HWY 395 North, Gardnerville
• Lake Tahoe Specialty Stove and Fireplace, Inc: 8731 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach
• Sierra Hearth & Home: 2350 S. Carson St. #1 Carson City NV 89701 (775) 882-1522
• Fireplace Distributors: 8521 White Fir St., Ste. C-6, Reno   
• Reno Patio & Fireplace: 910 Glendale Ave, Sparks, NV 89431; (775) 348-9600

Through the clean-heating rebate program, these participating retailers are working directly with UNR’s Business Environmental Program to facilitate and provide instant rebates, verify that old heating units are eligible, install the new heating appliances, and remove and recycle the old units.

Rebates are available as follows on a first come, first serve basis:

• $600 for a new wood burning stove or fireplace insert
• $800 for a new pellet stove or fireplace insert
• $1,200 for a new natural gas stove or fireplace insert

“Nevada continues to be a leader in fostering a healthy and sustainable future, and the clean-heating rebate program aligns perfectly with these efforts,” said Greg Lovato, Administrator of NDEP. “We want to thank the University of Nevada, Reno and our local retail partners for supporting this important program to help improve air quality and reduce harmful emissions in communities where thousands of Nevadans live, work, play, and attend school.”

For more information about the program, or to apply, visit unrbep.org or call 775-834-3674.