Wood Stove Exchange Program
Since we launched in August 2016, the change-outs from the Wood Stove Exchange program have resulted in the prevention of over 300 TONS of wood smoke particulate matter, harmful gases, volatile organic compounds and hazardous air pollutants! And prevented over 2000 TONS of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Washington County is now offering rebates of $1,500-$4,000 when you replace your old wood stove or insert with a new stove, insert, or other heating system.
*Some households will qualify for a full cost replacecment (up to $5,500), based on income.
The size of your rebate depends on your household size and household income. Review the Income Eligibility Chart to determine the amount you qualify for.
Wood Stove Exchange
Older and uncertified wood stoves and inserts are inefficient, dirty and pollute the air inside your home and around your neighborhood. If you currently use one of these old stoves to stay warm in the winter, we can help you replace it with a new heating system for little or no cost.
Receive rebates of $1,500-$4,000* when you replace your old wood stove or insert with one of the following:
*Some households will qualify for a FREE replacement, based on income.
·Electric heat pump or ductless heat pump
·Gas stove or insert
·EPA-certified Pellet stove or insert
·EPA-certified wood stove or insert (Only available to households who are eligible for a full cost replacement grant)
How the woodstove exchange program works:
1. Additional documents requested
The application is designed to pre-qualify you for the exchange program and determine if you qualify for a rebate or free replacement. Follow the submission instructions on the application. Call 503-846-4425 if you have questions.
2.Get inspected and approved.
Program staff will visit your home to verify the age and eligibility of your current wood stove and discuss replacement options with you. Once approved, you will receive a letter confirming the amount of your rebate, or your eligibility for a free replacement.
3.Choose your vendor.
Once you receive a rebate approval letter listing program vendors, you can start shopping with those approved vendors. Rebate participants are encouraged to get multiple bids from the approved program vendors. Heating devices, services and warranties may vary between these vendors. For households receiving a free replacement, staff will work directly with you and an approved vendor or installer to prepare for the project.
4.Washington County pays vendor.
Once your project is finished and permitted, program staff will pay your vendor the amount of your rebate. Any additional balance due is paid by the resident.
·Four Seasons Heating & Air Conditioning, 1005 Industrial Parkway #100, Newberg, OR 97132 Phone: (503) 538-1950
·Haven Spa Pool & Hearth, 4255 SW Hall Blvd., Beaverton, OR 97005 Phone: (503)649-2201
·McCandless Enterprises, 773 West Main Street, Sheridan, OR 97378 Phone: (503) 843-5618
·McMinnville Hearth and Barbeque, 245 NE Hwy 99W, McMinnville, OR 97128 Phone: (503) 434-1109
This list of approved vendors are licensed and bonded and can help you make the right decision about which new heating appliance is best for your home.
Participants in the Washington County Wood Stove Exchange Program receiving grants or rebates for exchanging to new wood or pellets stoves (with the minimum 75% efficiency level) – You can claim this credit for any out-of-pocket costs above the program grant or rebate.
What: A Federal tax credit of 26% for wood and pellet heaters
Eligibility: Heaters must be 75% efficiency or higher. Check efficiencies on the EPA database.
When: 26% for installations in 2021 and 2022. 22% in 2023. Check out the IRS Q&A.
How: Claim the credit on IRS Form 5695 on your next federal tax return.
Congress passed this tax credit legislation in 2020 and specified that the minimum 75% efficiency level must be measured using the higher heating value (HHV). Please refer to the EPA’s wood stove/heater database, which lists the HHV efficiency of all stoves. New wood or pellet stove buyer should also check with their retailer for EPA certification and a minimum 75% efficiency level.