UPDATE: The City of Ottawa has extended this program until March 31, 2022.
Fall is almost here, and just in time for the cold weather the HPBAC (Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association of Canada), with funding from the City of Ottawa, has introduced the Ottawa Wood Burning Changeout Program. What is this program about you ask? If you live in rural Ottawa and within the City of Ottawa then you might have already heard about it, but if you haven’t or you are unsure about the details, our experts here at Fireplace Center have summarized it for you as follows:
This program is for people living in rural and within the City of Ottawa and with older, inefficient wood-burning appliances. It encourages people with wood stoves, wood-burning fireplaces and wood-burning inserts made before 1992 to upgrade to a new appliance. The HPBAC is offering to offset the cost of the new appliance by 25%, up to $750, to make the switch easier on your wallet.
Why taking advantage of the Program Makes Sense...
Modern wood-burning appliances burn less fuel to create the same amount of heat, which is better not only for your wallet but also for the environment. As we all know, Ottawa winters can be brutally cold, and heating your home can get expensive. Newer wood-burning appliances can keep your home warmer for less. Additionally, the amount of smoke and emissions your old appliance puts out is bad for the environment. Newer models can cut emissions by up to 70%, reduce air pollution and greenhouse gasses, and result in cleaner air in and around your home, keeping the environment cleaner.
Smoke in the air is not only bad for the environment, but it’s also bad for your health. Cutting smoke emissions can reduce the risk of heart and lung diseases as well as resulting in fewer asthma attacks, bronchitis and other respiratory infections. Newer wood-burning appliances can also cut build up in your chimney, reducing the risk of fires. Your health and safety can be greatly impacted by trading out your old fireplace for a new one. Newer models are also easier to use and maintain, which is a great way to save time and money.
This may not be the reason the HPBAC is offering this program, but it’s definitely a bonus. Newer appliances can be sleek and modern looking and are a great choice if you updating your home. Should you prefer an older look there are options that have the beautiful and romantic look of classic fireplaces with all the added benefits of a newer model. If your appliance is wearing down or just looks old and you want a fresher style, this is the perfect time to switch it out for something new and beautiful.
How to Apply to the Program
It’s simple, and it starts with a visit to us at the Fireplace Center and Patio Shop. We’re proud to be one of the wood-burning appliance retailers participating in this program! Come talk to us and we’ll happily help you figure out if you’re eligible for the program, help you understand the steps to getting your rebate, and discuss the best new appliance to replace your old one.
Whether you’re concerned about the environment, looking to save money, wanting to improve your health, or in need of a new look (or wanting all these benefits!) now is the perfect time to upgrade your fireplace, wood stove or wood-burning insert.
Not sure if you are eligible for the program? We have all the information that you need, so come talk to us and we’ll be sure you get not only the best CSA/EPA-certified appliance for you but also the 25% rebate the HPBAC is offering. Be sure to act fast, as the deadline for the rebate is December 31 2019!
Our experts at The Fireplace Center here in Ottawa can’t wait to help you improve your life and the environment by assisting you through the process of getting a new and efficient wood-burning appliance. Call us today!