Tyler Svitak, Peak to Peak. The American Lung Association in Colorado is hosting a kickoff event for their new Woodstove Changeout Program that will provide $900,000 in vouchers for the replacement of old wood and coal-burning appliances to residents of Boulder, Denver, Jefferson, Larimer and Weld counties. The event will invite stove retailers, county and local health officials, and the media to learn about the program and how they can help inform residents of the incentives available to them. The agenda will include remarks from Darcy O’Connor, EPA’s Regional Assistant Administrator, and the Rocky Mountain Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association’s board President, Lesley Short, in addition to a detailed presentation by the American Lung Association.
Voucher amounts will range from $400-$3,000, depending on the replacement stove and the low-income status of the voucher applicant. Program details and applications will be shared at the event but can always be found on our website.
WHY: Many Coloradans depend on wood stoves as a primary source of heat, but a lot of the woodstoves in operation today are inefficient and emit unnecessary levels of toxic air pollutants, like particulate matter and other ozone precursors. The fine particles in smoke – also called fine particle pollution or PM2.5 – can get deep into the lungs, harming the lungs, blood vessels and heart. People with heart, vascular or lung disease, older adults and children are the most at risk.
New wood, natural gas, and pellet stoves are much more efficient and are regulated by the EPA to control emissions, so a stove bought today is much cleaner-burning and releases fewer harmful air pollutants and carcinogens. By replacing older stoves with new ones, residents will save money and improve their health, while the rest of us benefit from safer air.
WEBSITE: Program specifics, details, and applications are on the Colorado Woodstove Changeout Program Website at http://action.lung.org/COwoodstove.