Woodsmoke Reduction Program

This page last reviewed October 10, 2017

The Woodsmoke Reduction Program (Program) will offer financial incentives for homeowners to replace old, inefficient, and highly polluting wood stoves, wood inserts, or fireplaces with cleaner burning and more efficient home heating devices. California residents using uncertified wood stoves/inserts or fireplaces as their primary heat source will be eligible for incentives towards the purchase and installation of qualifying devices. The incentive amount will vary depending on the location of the residence and the household income, with some households qualifying for the full replacement cost. 

The local Districts are in the process of implementing this Program and financial incentives may not be available yet.  Please check back at this site for a list of participating Districts.

The Program will be funded through the appropriation of $5,000,000 in the fiscal year 2016/2017 from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) and administered by the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) in coordination with local air pollution control districts or air quality management districts (Districts). The Program will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, criteria pollutants, and air toxics from the increased efficiency and reduced emissions of the newly installed home heating devices. 

The Woodsmoke Reduction Program is part of California Climate Investments, a Statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.

The Program Guidelines contain more complete information regarding eligibility and implementation.  

Am I Eligible?

Households using uncertified wood stoves or wood inserts or utilizing a fireplace as a primary heat source are eligible for an incentive towards replacing their old, uncertified device with a cleaner, more efficient heating device. The incentive amount will be determined by the each District in coordination with CAPCOA.

Eligibility Flowchart

Am I Located in a Disadvantaged or Low-Income Community?

This program will maximize benefits to households in disadvantaged and low-income communities and has as a goal to distribute 75 percent of total funding to these populations.  Applicants residing in a census tract identified as disadvantaged or low-income automatically qualify for higher incentives.  A final map of disadvantaged and low-income communities is available at: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/envjustice/ghginvest/

How to Apply

In order to participate in the Program, applicants will be required to complete an application through their participating Air District Office. Applicant will agree to receive training and follow the best practices in fuel storage and device maintenance and operation. The District will notify the applicant whether or not the application was approved for participation in the Program.

Replacement Options

The existing uncertified wood stove/insert or fireplace must be replaced with a certified wood stove or insert, a natural gas heating device, or an electric heating device.  Check the model against the U.S. EPA current or historical list of certified wood heaters.  If the manufacturer and model is not on either list, the stove is considered uncertified.  Additional methods to check eligibility can be found in the Program Guidelines.  The replacement device must be installed by a professional, appropriately licensed stove installer and meet local fire and building codes.