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On September 4, Linn County Public Health (LCPH) will open enrollment for 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 appliances.
“This is the first wood-burning appliance change-out program offered in the State of Iowa” said Pramod Dwivedi, Health Director, Linn County Public Health. “A stove purchased today is cleaner-burning and releases fewer harmful air pollutants and carcinogens.”
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 or within ¼ mile of an incorporated town or city in Linn County. Incentives range from $1,000 to $8,000 with an additional $250 for participants who are active duty or veterans of the U.S Armed Forces or an active/retired first responder. To learn more about the program and eligibility requirements, visit www.burncleanlinn.org or call LCPH at 319-892-6000.
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.