Wood Smoke Reduction Incentive Program

The Wood Smoke Reduction Incentive Program was developed to improve local air quality and reduce wintertime particulate matter pollution by helping Bay Area homeowners and landlords replace their wood-burning heating devices with cleaner options.

The online application is currently being revised in preparation for the Winter 2017 Wood Smoke Reduction Incentive Program. Please sign up if you would like to receive notifications about the upcoming 2017 Program.

As of November 1, 2016, no wood-burning devices of any kind may be installed in new homes or buildings being constructed in the Bay Area. In addition, anyone whose sole source of heat is a wood-burning device must utilize an EPA-certified or pellet-fueled device that is registered with the Air District for an exemption from the burn ban. An open hearth fireplace will no longer qualify for an exemption.

2017 Program (coming soon!)

The 2017 winter program will begin accepting applications in late November. Up to $800,000 will be available to help eligible Bay Area homeowners offset a portion of the cost of replacing older, more highly polluting fireplaces and wood-burning stoves with qualifying cleaner heating devices, including electric heat pumps and natural-gas or propane heating stoves and inserts.

Funding will also be available to help homeowners decommission their working fireplaces and wood stoves by permanently taking them out of service. Funding is currently limited to homes located in Air District designated highly impacted and high-wood-smoke areas.

Applicants who have started any work (e.g., purchasing or installing new equipment) before the Air District issues a Notice to Proceed are not eligible.

2016 Program

Homeowners who have been issued a Notice to Proceed, who have a project number beginning with "16WS_ _ _ _," and who have completed work may request reimbursement using the link below.

Reimbursements
(for approved applicants who have completed work)
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On cold winter nights, wood smoke from residential wood burning accounts for a significant portion of the Bay Area’s fine-particle pollution. To address this health hazard and improve air quality, the Air District’s Board of Directors allocated $3 million in funding in 2016 to create a Wood Smoke Reduction Incentive Program.

Program funding was made available to applicants who own a property that (1) is a residential unit located within the Air District’s jurisdiction, and (2) contains an operational wood-burning stove or fireplace, used for heating purposes. Qualifying wood-burning devices do not include those meant for cooking purposes.

The program allowed applicants to apply for one project option per property. Project options and the base award for each project option are listed below:

Project OptionBase Rebatetable-mobile-only-column

Replace a wood-burning stove or fireplace with an electric heat pump

$3,500

Replace a wood-burning stove or fireplace with an electric heat pump

Base Rebate:

$3,500

Replace a wood-burning stove or fireplace with a natural gas- or propane-fueled device

$1,000

Replace a wood-burning stove or fireplace with a natural gas- or propane-fueled device

Base Rebate:

$1,000

Decommission (render inoperable) a wood-burning stove or fireplace

$750

Decommission (render inoperable) a wood-burning stove or fireplace

Base Rebate:

$750

In addition to the base funding shown above, additional "plus-up" funding was available to applicants who met one or more of the following Highly Impacted Resident conditions shown below.

Highly Impacted Resident (HIR) ConditionsHIR Fundingtable-mobile-only-column

Enrollment in a Qualifying Low-Income Assistance Program

+ $8,500

Enrollment in a Qualifying Low-Income Assistance Program

HIR Funding:

+ $8,500

Sole Source of Heat Exemption

+ $1,500

Sole Source of Heat Exemption

HIR Funding:

+ $1,500

Designated High Wood Smoke Area

+ $1,500

Designated High Wood Smoke Area

HIR Funding:

+ $1,500

Awards ranged from $750 up to a maximum of $12,000 per property and were capped at the actual total project cost. Funding was provided on a reimbursement basis to applicants who were issued a Notice to Proceed from the Air District. Applicants who had had any work relating to their project performed before the Air District issued a Notice to Proceed were not eligible.

2016 Resources

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Grants Programs Information Request Line, Strategic Incentives

415.749.4994

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Last Updated: 11/9/2017