Rebates encourage wood heater replacements

AN ACT government program offers rebates to Canberrans who replace wood heaters this winter. 

Shane Rattenbury.

Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability Shane Rattenbury today (May 30) announced the Actsmart Wood Heater Replacement Program, which aims to improve the ACT’s air quality by offering rebate incentives for the removal and disposal of domestic wood burning heaters.

“The ACT’s air quality is among the best in the country and we want to help keep it that way through initiatives such as the wood heater replacement program,” Mr Rattenbury says.

“During winter Tuggeranong can be particularly affected by wood smoke, which gets trapped in the valley. The fine particulate matter in this smoke is detrimental to our health and our air quality. Fortunately, it is steadily declining as a result of initiatives such as the Wood Heater Replacement program.”

Since 2004 the program has provided support for over 1000 households to help people replace their wood heaters with less polluting alternative heating sources, such as gas or electricity.

 

The program currently provides rebates for the removal and disposal of wood heaters with subsidies for low emission replacements through the Energy Efficiency Improvement Scheme.

For more information visit actsmart.act.gov.au.

 

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