Trade in woodstove and get $250 rebate

There are quite a few people in the Regional District of Nanaimo who still rely on burning wood to heat their homes — but their neighbours may not appreciate breathing the byproducts of that warmth.

The RDN, in partnership with the municipalities of Nanaimo, Lantzville, Parksville and Qualicum Beach, are launching a region-wide Woodstove Exchange and Outreach program. The funding allows the regional partners to offer residents a $250 rebate to replace an existing wood burning appliance with a new high-efficiency wood stove, insert, pellet stove or gas stove/fireplace purchased after the program start date of Jan. 18.

The program is made possible by funding from the Province and the BC Lung Association, with support from the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange.

"The RDN Board is pleased to continue the popular woodstove exchange program in 2013," said RDN Chairperson Joe Stanhope. "This program supports several objectives of the RDN board's commitment to sustainability, including the protection of local air quality."

Wood smoke contains tiny particles called particulate matter (PM). Particulate matter that is 2.5 microns or less in diameter, called PM2.5, is small enough to be breathed into the deepest parts of the lungs. It is associated with a variety of health problems, from a runny nose and coughing, to bronchitis, asthma, emphysema, pneumonia, heart disease and even premature death. New high-efficiency wood stoves are proven to burn one-third less wood, reduce emissions by up to 70 per cent and significantly reduce the risk of chimney fires.

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