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. The wood-burning appliance must be operable.
Vouchers are valid at approved Participating Retailers only. Refer to “Participating Retailers List.”
Homeowners must agree to trade in the old non-certified wood appliance and replace with a new Energy Star certified gas furnace or EPA certified wood stove, hydronic heater, pellet stove or gas stove.
Coal and cook stove 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 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.
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.
Participating Retailers will submit application materials for residents along with supporting documentation via the online portal or via mail: Linn County Public Health, Attn: Air & Water Quality Branch – Wood Smoke Reduction Program, 1240 26th Ave. Ct. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.
Participating Retailers and 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 Participating Retailer by purchasing a qualifying appliance at the rebated price and by schedule the installation of the newly purchased appliance in order to reserve the applicable voucher.
The Voucher expires after 60 days from the date of issuance. Participants and Retailers must ensure that the appliance is purchased, installed, and s 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 restart the process 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.
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. The postmark date will be used to establish the voucher list and any waiting list.
Limit of one voucher per homeowner per residence.