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WOODSTOVE PROGRAM RETURNS 9-18-13 LMS

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality is once again offering a rebate program for replacing old wood stoves with environmentally approved new units.

Salmon City Clerk Mary Benton made the announcement at the City Council’s September 18 meeting.

Benton said the department has $22,000 available for this year’s program which means enough money for 22 applicants. The program offers a rebate of $1,000 upon proof the old stove has been removed, hauled to the County Landfill and replaced with an EPA Certified energy efficient model. Under terms of the program the new wood burning unit must be properly installed and then inspected by the Building Inspector.

Residents who swap their old stove or fireplace insert for a new unit also become eligible for an Idaho tax deduction of 40 percent of the stove replacement costs for the year the stove is replaced and a deduction of 20 percent of the total cost during each of the next three years. Costs include purchase price and professional installation.

Benton said she already has 11 people on the list and they are awaiting official city approval of the DEQ program agreement. She said the first time the Woodstove Changeout was offered the department listed 83467 as the program area but then it corrected the agreement to read “city residents only.” The zip code is listed again this year as the program boundaries and she will be contacting DEQ to verify the eligibility area. The council passed the Woodstove rebate program agreement with DEQ contingent on confirming eligibility requirements.

Rebate forms for the Woodstove Changeout Program are available at City Hall.


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