The Olympic Region Clean Air Agency (ORCAA) works to protect air quality for its citizens. One of the primary pollutants within ORCAA’s jurisdiction is fine Particulate Matter (PM2.5) and the main source of that pollutant is burning. With the removal of just 60 solid-fuel home heating devices from the community, residents will reduce emissions by 10 tons of PM2.5 per year.
To help reduce the amount of PM2.5 in the urban areas of Thurston County ORCAA has secured a Wood Smoke Reduction grant from the Washington Department of Ecology to provide wood stove removal/replacement support.
The following grant terms apply:
- Wood stove replacement funds are available for residents of Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Yelm and the Urban Growth Areas (UGAs) associated with those cities.
- Residents of those cities and UGAs must remove and destroy one or more of the following:
- pre-1995 certified wood stoves
- pre-1995 certified fireplace inserts
- uncertified wood stoves
- uncertified fireplace inserts
- free-standing metal fireplaces
Residents who qualify for the above may receive rebates in the following amounts:
- $1,200 for installation of any natural gas, propane or electric heating system
- $1,800 for installation of high-efficiency heat pumps, including Ductless Heat Pumps (DHP).
Residents who simply want to remove and destroy an old, uncertified wood appliance without installing a new gas or electric appliance may qualify for a $500 BOUNTY.
Contact ORCAA – (360) 539-7610 – or your local Thurston County Hearth Products or HVAC Retailer for details.