Woodsmoke Reduction Program
Applications will be accepted beginning October 15, 2018.
Map to determine if you are in an Enchanced Incentive Voucher community
Owner/Tenant Agreement For Rental Properties
Frequently Asked Questions
The Woodsmoke Reduction Program (Program) is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities. Assembly Bill 1613 committed $5,000,000 in funding for replacing uncertified, inefficient wood burning devices with cleaner burning and more efficient devices. The Program is designed to help households replace an uncertified wood stove or insert used as the primary source of heat with a cleaner burning and more efficient device.
If you are applying for a wood-burning woodstove or fireplace insert located in a residence in Lake County, you will need to submit your Application by mail, email, or hand deliver to:
Lake County Air Quality Management District
2617 S. Main St.
Lakeport, CA 95453
Devices located within low-income communities as defined on this map qualify for the Enhanced Incentive Voucher (up to $5,000). Low-income households outside of these areas also quality for the Enhanced Incentive Voucher. To qualify as low-income, the household must show proof of enrollment in a low-income assistance program (WIC, LIHEAP, CARE) or have a household income at or below 80 percent of the statewide median household income (currently at $49,454). Remaining residents outside the map areas are eligible for the Standard Voucher of $1,500 (standard EPA certified), or $2,500 (2020 certified) towards the purchase and installation of a new, EPA-certified woodstove, wood insert, gas or electric device.
Once you receive a voucher, you must make a commitment to purchase a new device from a participating retailer within 4 weeks. The new device must be installed by a licensed contractor and meet local fire and building codes; do-it-yourself installations are NOT allowed under this program. More details about the program are available in the LCAQMD's workplan:
Open hearth fireplaces may be eligible for the Program if the fireplace is used as a primary source of heat. Documentation will be required (see Frequently Asked Questions above for examples of documentation accepted).
The Woodsmoke Reduction Pilot Program is administered by the Lake County Air Quality Management District in coordination with the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The CARB also maintains a website and has adopted guidelines for program implementation at https://www.arb.ca.gov/planning/sip/woodsmoke/reduction_program.htm.
Participating dealers in the District (as of October 11, 2018):
Loving's Fireplace Service (call for appointment)
4613 Lakeshore Blvd
Lakeport, CA 95453
Please contact the District at 707-263-7000 or at FahmyA@lcaqmd.net if you have questions regarding the program.
Additional Woodstove information Below:
Generally wood stoves and fireplaces are not clean from an air emissions perspective; even when the burning devices are EPA approved they are likely to create localized degradation and air quality impact if used in dense residential areas. The smoke resulting from starting a fire from cold, even following best practices, visually supports the conclusion that wood heat is not a clean choice for heating your home. Wood heating stoves and fireplace inserts are also not easily operated, and subject to misoperation even when the intent and knowledge to properly operate exists. Studies suggest that the Poly Organic Material, Particulate Material and partially combusted gases contained in wood smoke cause cancer, as well as irritation to the respiratory system and reduced lung capacity in maturing children. You should take extreme measures to avoid any smoke escape into your home.
Federal law requires EPA approval of any wood stove or fireplace/insert sold after 1988 (indicated on display tag). There are two types of devices: "catalytic" and "non-catalytic". The catalytic wood heaters are generally slightly cleaner, but depending on the manufacturer and model may have higher emissions than many non-catalyst stoves or inserts. The catalyst must be bypassed during fire start up and heat up, and then the flue gas redirected after startup through a honeycomb catalyst. The catalyst may deteoriate or need maintenance if the stove is not operated properly. Catalyst may last as little as two years before needing replacement. The non-catalyst stoves are more durable, but also require attention and skill to start up and attain the high temperatures in the firebox necessary to control emissions. Newer EPA-approved wood burning stoves and inserts are markedly cleaner than old stoves, and produce markedly more heat from the same amount of wood. If you must burn wood the upgrade is a good investment in your health and wood use.
During startup of wood heating devices the emissions are not controlled, and you are more likely to impact neighbors and your own family's health.
All wood burning heaters should be operated and serviced following manufacturer’s recommendations, and the chimney swept on an annual basis. You should obtain a building permit and ensure fire safe installation prior to installing a wood heating device.
Seasoned hardwood burns cleaner than softwoods, and should always be the choice for wood heating your home if you must use wood to heat. Softwoods (pine) should be used when starting the fire. Never use green or wet wood, and never burn treated, painted, glued wood or garbage. They are illegal to burn, result in markedly increased toxic emissions, and can cause maintenance problems including metal cracking and corrosion of the stove or chimney.
Please consider alternative fuels such as wood pellets, propane, and substitute stoves and fireplaces with central systems utilizing geothermal or other heat pumps. There are many alternatives available for any need and circumastance.
Tips on Wood Heating and Air Pollution, Prinatable Brochure (Acrobat)
The following links provide more information and perhaps a differring perspective on wood heating devices.
EPA Certified stove list: http://www.epa.gov/woodstoves/technical.htm
EPA Wood Heat & Your Health: http://www.epa.gov/woodstoves/healtheffects.html
EPA Basic Information: http://www.epa.gov/woodstoves/basic.html