|HEAT Squad Stove Program
Rutland County has some of the worst air quality in the state, due to geography as well as the prevalence of old, non EPA-certified wood stoves in the region. Fine particulates released from these wood stoves pollute the air both inside and outside a home, causing a wide range of health problems for older adults and children.
In response, the Vermont Clean Energy Development Fund, the Agency of Natural Resources’ Department of Environmental Conservation, and Green Mountain Power awarded NeighborWorks of Western Vermont’s HEAT Squad $715,000 to install new EPA-certified pellet/wood stoves or central pellet boilers, along with energy efficiency upgrades.
The two-year grant will offer rebates to replace or install new stoves and for completing energy efficiency measures. HEAT Squad’s Wood Stove Change-Out and Pellet Heating Program offers homeowners up to $4,800 towards the removal of their old stove and the purchase and installation of a new stove. Rebates are scaled based on household size and income, giving Vermonters with limited income the most assistance. Homeowners in Rutland County and the surrounding towns are eligible. For more information, call (802) 438-2303 or visit www.heatsquad.org.