Monday, March 19, 2007

Six Dealers Join State's Stove Rebate Program

RENO, Nev. — The Air Quality Management Division (AQMD) of the Washoe District Health Department along with the Nevada’s Small Business Development Center’s Business Environmental Program are teaming up to offer cash rebates on the purchase of EPA certified wood, pellet and gas stoves. Washoe County residents that have a woodstove or pellet stove manufactured before 1992 may qualify to receive up to $600 as a rebate on the purchase of a stove from participating retailers (enclosed).

Retailers who have joined the program include: Buck Stove and BBQ Inc. (Reno), Fireplace Distributors of Nevada, Inc. (Reno), F. Rodgers Specialty Contractors (Sparks), Garage Door Center (Sparks), Victorian Stove Shoppe (Sparks), and Woodstove Distributors, Inc. (Incline Village).

The program was started because wood smoke, which is a result of incomplete combustion, contains Benzene, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Polycyclic organic matter, CO, NOx and SOx. Old woodstoves are often poorly sealed, improperly vented, and what’s outside often comes inside via HVAC so both the indoor and outdoor air may be affected by these older stoves.

The newer stoves with their highly efficient combustion systems create the conditions needed to burn the smoke BEFORE it leaves the appliance thereby alleviating the poor air quality conditions mentioned. They are certified as “low emission” by the US EPA and burn safer and cleaner which reduces air pollution and saves money.

For additional details, including qualitification as a Washoe County resident, please visit visit the Nevada Small Business Development Center or call the Business Environmental Program at 775-689-6670.

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