Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out - How Do I Apply?
Step 1: Contact a Participating Stove Professional
Each homeowner should first select a participating stove professional, who will submit the rebate application on his or her behalf. MassCEC maintains a list of stove professionals and tips for finding an installer participating in the 2017 Commonwealth Woodstove Change-Out Program.
When contacting a stove professional, a homeowner should be prepared to provide:
- The year the stove was manufactured.
- Pictures of the front and back of the stove, if possible. All EPA-certified stoves have a metal tag on the back of the stove indicating EPA certification.
Homeowners can also learn more about woodstoves, including information on stove pricing and the differences between non-catalytic, catalytic, pellet stoves, and fully automotive woodstoves.
Step 2: Homeowner Verifies Eligibility for Low-Income Rebate, if Necessary
If a homeowner wishes to apply for a low-income rebate, he or she must confirm eligibility by providing the stove professional with a current fuel assistance letter, OR electric bill issued within the last six months showing a residential-assistance utility rate, OR verifying annual income using our confidential, third-party income verification portal.
Please note that documentation must be submitted through MassCEC’s income verification portal on or before August 19, 2017 to be considered for income-based rebate funding. After this date the portal will be closed. All projects submitted for income verification via portal on or before July 17 will be granted one month for rebate application submission beginning on the date that income is verified. MassCEC will receive automatic notification of homeowner eligibility for income-based rebates through the portal.
Step 3: Stove Professional Completes Change-Out and Applies for Rebate
Once a homeowner has determined the old stove’s eligibility, selected a stove professional and signed a contract with stove professional to complete the change-out, he or she can move forward with the project.
The stove professional should:
- Ensure that the change-out can be completed by the September 25, 2017 application deadline.
- Ensure that the project meets program eligibility requirements, and that program procedures are followed, as described in the program manual.
- Complete the change-out. This includes:
- Removing the old stove and having it rendered inoperable by a stove recycler.
- Installing the new stove.
- Discussing best practices for operating and maintaining the stove, including best practices for wood burning and chimney cleaning. Additional information on how to burn wood more cleanly and efficiency can be found on the EPA’s Burn Wise website and on the Department of Energy’s wood and pellet heating website.
- Apply for the rebate on behalf of the homeowner. The rebate amount should be treated as an instant discount to the homeowner on the total cost of the project and listed as such on the project invoice. The homeowner will need to provide the stove professional with:
- A signed participant's agreement
- An electric bill from the past six months
- Pictures of the old stove (before removal) and new stove (after installation)
Please read the program manual for full details on eligibility, program requirements and rebates. Installers looking to participate in the program, or apply on behalf of homeowners, should visit the installer resources page.