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Time for an Upgrade? Take Advantage of Ottawa’s Rural Wood Burning Changeout Program

PLEASE NOTE the Wood Burning Changeout Program is now closed and is no longer accepting applications at this time. [updated January 2022]

Now couldn’t be a better time to make the switch from old to new. The Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association of Canada (HPBAC) has introduced the Ottawa Wood Burning Changeout Program with funding from the City of Ottawa.

This Wood Burning Changeout Program encourages residents living in rural and within the city of Ottawa to swap out their wood stoves, fireplaces and inserts, made before 1992, for a new appliance to receive a rebate of up to $750.

Cash isn’t the only motivator for making the switch to a new appliance. Upgrading your old wood-burning appliance means getting a new appliance that is more energy-efficient, safer and adds the perfect accent piece to your home.

Why Should I Participate in Ottawa’s Wood Burning Changeout Program?

Upgrading to an energy-efficient appliance will save you money and improve your health

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.

Modern wood-burning appliances burn less fuel to create the same amount of heat, which is better for your wallet.

Additionally, the amount of smoke and emissions your old appliance puts out is bad for the environment.

Newer wood-burning fireplace 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.

To save money and improve your air quality, change out your old wood-burning appliances for a new, energy-efficient model.

A New Wood-Burning Appliance = Improve Your Family’s Health

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 and result 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 significantly 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.

Improve Your Home’s Aesthetics with a New Wood-Burning Appliance

Improving your home’s aesthetics 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’re updating your home.

Should you prefer an older look, some options 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 do I apply for the Ottawa Wood Burning Changeout Program?

If you’ve got a wood-burning appliance made before 1992 and you reside in rural or within the City of Ottawa, you may be eligible for the Changeout Program.

Stop by The Fireplace Center and Patio Shop. We are proud to be one of the wood-burning appliance retailers participating in this program. Get in touch, and we’ll help you figure out whether you’re eligible for the program and discuss with you the next steps to getting your rebate and help you find a new appliance for your home.

Be sure to act fast because the deadline to take advantage of this program is March 31st, 2022.

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.

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PLEASE NOTE the Wood Burning Changeout Program is now closed and is no longer accepting applications at this time. [updated January 2022]

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