Why replace your old wood stove?

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A wood stove can help to keep you warm and cozy in the winter. But did you know that old, inefficient wood stoves can affect air quality in your community?

Here in the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), our topography and the fact that many rural homes use wood stoves, combine to trap wood stove emissions within the steep valleys. Air quality data indicates that poor conditions often exist during the winter months, when wood stove use is at its peak. Wood smoke can be more harmful to human health than smog.

To help encourage the replacement of non-efficient, non-EPA-certified stoves, the RDCK partnered with the Province of British Columbia, the BC Lung Association and local RDCK municipalities in 2009 to provide a regional wood stove exchange program. The RDCK then became one of 15 local governments to administer this program provincially. 

Since then, more than five hundred old stoves have been exchanged. The program continues in 2019, with funding to replace approximately 45 more non-EPA Certified stoves. Wood stove exchanges, combined with smart burning practices, will reduce harmful smoke generated in our communities. Learn more at https://rdck.ca/

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