Program Requirements




Homeowners must currently use a non-EPA certified wood stove (manufactured prior to 1988) or non-certified hydronic heater (also known as an outdoor wood boiler, manufactured prior to 2015) as a primary or significant source of heat in the homeowner’s primary residence.

Homeowners must live in the Alliant Energy (IPL) gas or electric service territory AND live in one of the following counties: Benton, Buchanan, Cedar, Delaware, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, and Linn. 

The wood-burning appliance must be operable. 


Vouchers are valid at approved Participating Retailers only. Refer to “Approved Retailers List.”


Homeowners must agree to trade in the old, non-certified wood appliance and replace with a new appliance such as geothermal, air source heat pump (duct or ductless), EPA-certified wood stove, Energy Star certified gas furnace, hydronic heater, pellet stove, or gas stove.


Coal and cookstove replacements are not eligible for the program.


Wood stoves or wood heaters in workshops, sheds, or garages, workplaces, commercial properties, rental properties, seasonal or vacation properties are not eligible to apply.


New appliances, purchased with vouchers from this program, must be professionally installed by a program approved retailer in compliance with all relevant building and fire codes. “Do-it-yourself” installations are NOT eligible for reimbursement.


A complete voucher application shall be submitted, including a photo of the operational, existing stove/hydronic heater and any required documentation stated on the forms. Approved retailers assist with this. 


To receive an Income Qualified Residential Voucher, applicants must provide the approved Participating Retailer device with proof of participation in one of the following programs:

a.       Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP);

b.       Medical Assistance (such as Medicaid or Medicare);

c.       Women, Infants, and Children’s (WIC) Program;

d.       Income Qualified Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP); and/or

e.       DOE Weatherization Assistance Program.


Approved Retailers will submit application materials for residents along with supporting documentation via the online portal or via mail: Linn County Public Health, Attn: Air Quality Branch – Wood Smoke Reduction Program, 1020 6th Street S.E., Cedar Rapids, IA 52401.


Approved Retailers and the Applicant will be notified by LCPH within fourteen days of receiving a completed application whether a voucher is approved and the incentive amount approved. 


Once approved, Participants will confirm participation with the Approved Retailer by purchasing the appliance listed in the voucher and scheduling the installation date. 


The Voucher expires after 60 days from the date of issuance. Participants and Retailers must ensure that the appliance is purchased, installed, and submit the appropriate reimbursement paperwork prior to the 60-day Voucher expiration date. If the installation is not completed and/or the appropriate reimbursement request forms are not submitted or complete prior to the expiration date, the voucher reservation will be canceled.


Note: If the homeowner does not purchase an appliance and schedule installation of the qualifying appliance by the expiration date, the voucher reservation will be canceled and the homeowner will be required to contact a participating retailer to reapply to obtain a new voucher. There is no guarantee that a new voucher will be available if all program funds have been used.


The Program Administrator reserves the right to conduct inspections during or after installation. 


Approved retailers agree to provide Participants and the Program Administrator with an itemized, least cost estimate, and material and labor proposal to replace and install a new appliance. The new appliance, using professional judgment, shall be sized appropriately for the heating requirements of the home, comply with industry safety standards, and meet all other requirements of the Program. Costs for the appliance and installation in excess of the least cost estimate shall be quoted separately or itemized as optional.


Vouchers will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until February 15, 2021, or until the fund is depleted. The postmark date will be used to establish the voucher list and any waiting list.


Limit of one voucher per homeowner per residence.