Wood Burning Appliance Change Out Program

Linn County Public Health (LCPH) is expanding the Wood-Burning Change-Out Program – a voluntary program to improve air quality by providing vouchers to eligible homeowners to remove and replace old, non-certified wood appliances with cleaner burning, EPA-certified appliances.

Eligible participants must be homeowners in the Alliant Energy gas and/or electric service area, use an uncertified wood-burning appliance as the primary or significant source of heat for the primary residence, and live in in Linn County, Iowa. Incentives range from $1,000 to $8,000, depending on the replacement appliance purchased, with an additional $250 for participants who are active duty or veterans of the U.S Armed Forces or active/retired first responders.

Homeowners do not have to replace with the same type of heating appliance that was removed.  Some replace uncertified wood stoves with certified wood stoves, gas furnace, geothermal systems, etc.  Approved retailers, such as Rabe Hardware, will seek voucher approval prior to removing or installing appliances.

Funds for this program are limited and scheduled to end by February 15, 2021 – or once all incentive funds have been awarded – whichever comes first. This project is funded by a consent decree settlement between the U.S. EPA, The State of Iowa, The County of Linn, Iowa, and the Sierra Club and Interstate Power and Light.

To learn more about the program and eligibility requirements, visit www.burncleanlinn.org or call LCPH at 319-892-6000.