Replace your old wood- or pellet-burning device with a new, cleaner option! The Burn Cleaner Program helps reduce particulate matter that comes from older wood-burning devices that contribute significantly to air pollution in the Valley during the Fall and Winter months. The replacement of existing gas and electric heating devices are not eligible under the program. Participation in the program occurs in three phases:
- PHASE 1: Voucher Application –Submit a complete application and all required documents to the District for voucher approval.
- PHASE 2: Voucher Approved – Present your approved voucher to a participating program retailer and purchase and install your new device.
- PHASE 3: Voucher Redemption – Redeem your voucher by submitting a complete Claim for Payment Packet to the District, and the District will reimburse you for eligible costs, up to the approved voucher amount.
For complete information about requirements and eligibility, please review the program guidelines here.
For any questions about the program, please contact staff at (559) 230-5800, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Types of eligible new devices are based on whether a participant's residential property has access to piped natural gas. Participants with residences that have access to piped natural gas are limited to applying to replace their old wood-burning devices with new gas devices or electric heat pumps only. Participants with residences that do not have access to piped natural gas may apply to replace their old wood-burning devices with new certified wood-burning devices, gas devices or electric heat pumps. The most recent amendments to the District's Rule 4901 requires stricter residential wood-burning curtailments for three counties considered "Hot Spot" areas in the San Joaquin Valley: Madera, Fresno and the Valley Air Basin portion of Kern. Due to stricter curtailment thresholds and to encourage participation, enhanced incentives will be provided for participants replacing their old wood-burning devices with new gas devices in those counties. Participants who have residential property in the remaining counties within the Valley Air Basin; including San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Kings, and Tulare; are eligible for standard incentives. The eligible funding amount is based on the physical address of the old wood-burning device that will be replaced through the program.
ELIGIBILITY OF DEVICES
The old device must be located at a residence within the District's boundaries. Applicants must submit an application and obtain an approved voucher from the District prior to purchasing the new device. The eligibility of the new device is based on the old device type, location of the old device and if the residence has access to piped natural gas.
Please review the program guidelines in its entirety before submitting an application.
CHECK BEFORE YOU BURN
If you purchased a new certified wood or pellet device through the Burn Cleaner Program, take advantage of more burn days by registering your device.
HOW TO APPLY TO BECOME A PARTICIPATING RETAILER
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is seeking applications from interested hearth retailers located in the San Joaquin Valley Air Basin (SJVAB) that wish to participate in the Burn Cleaner Wood Stove Change-out Program as a contracted retailer. Contracted retailers assist this voucher program by selling eligible new and cleaner-burning devices to San Joaquin Valley residents.