Change Out Program
Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB) area residents can make a clean-air choice and save money! The Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) is offering a reimbursement incentive for replacing or repairing SOLID fuel burning devices (SFBDs) (i.e. wood or coal stoves; wood- or coal-fired furnaces; wood- or coal-fired hydronic heaters; fireplace inserts). There is also an incentive for removing wood- or coal-fired hydronic heaters.
The Borough’s Air Quality Division is now accepting applications for the wood stove change out program. Completed forms (only pages 5-7 are required) can be mailed to or brought to the Air Quality Office at 3175 Peger Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709.
Please note: Applications will be given priority scores and the highest scoring applications will receive funding first. Funding is limited and is NOT guaranteed unless a written authorization has been issued.
Air Quality Improvement Program (Wood Stove Change-Out) FAQs:
- I applied to the old program before it ended and was placed “on-hold.” Do I have to re-apply?
What’s different about the new program?
- Yes. The new program is significantly different from the old program, and the new application form has different terms listed on the back of it. This means that you must fill out a new application, and we will need the original signature of all property owners on the new application form. Only one of the owners should sign the W-9.
- All property owners must sign the application.
- Woodstove replacements are reimbursed at 75% of the cost of purchase and installation, up to $3,000 (if the new EPA certified device is rated at less than or equal to 2.5 grams per hour) or $2,500 (if the new EPA certified device is rated at greater than 2.5 grams per hour).
- Here are some of the key differences:
Click here for a list of EPA certified devices that are rated at 2.5g/hr or less
- Hydronic heater replacements are eligible for a flat reimbursement of $3,000 (if the new EPA certified device is rated at less than or equal to 2.5 grams per hour), $2,500 (if the new EPA certified device is rated at greater than 2.5 grams per hour), or $2,000 (if the device is not replaced). No receipts are required for hydronic heater replacements.
- The amount reimbursed for replacements depends on the type of device installed: devices that have emissions rating less than or equal to 2.5 grams per hour are eligible for a higher rate of reimbursement than those that have higher emissions ratings.
- There is no longer a removal program for woodstoves.
- Properties throughout the Borough are now eligible for the programs.
I already have preverification photos on-file in your office from a previous application. Do I need to make another preverification appointment?
Does my new pellet stove have to be EPA certified?
- No. If you are applying for reimbursement to replace or repair the same device that you previously applied for, and it is installed in the same place, we can use the preverification photos that we have on file. Please let our staff know about this when you are contacted for an appointment.
- Yes. To be eligible for reimbursement under the current Borough change-out programs, the new device installed must be EPA certified. This applies to both wood stoves and pellet stoves.
Click here for the full EPA Certified list of SFBDs
Click here for a list of the EPA Certified Pellet Devices
Can I replace my hydronic heater with a more efficient hydronic heater?
Does my old device have to be destroyed?
- No. The current change-out programs only allow for the replacement of hydronic heaters with EPA certified devices, which at this time is limited to woodstoves and pellet stoves. If you wish to remove the hydronic heater “without replacement,” you may be eligible for $2,000.
What happens to the old devices?
- Yes. In order to ensure that the old devices turned in as part of these programs are never again used in our area, they must be destroyed.
Are businesses and rental properties eligible for the program?
- The devices being replaced must be delivered to the Borough Air Quality office. They are later taken to a recycling facility, where a Borough staff member witnesses the initial part of the destruction process.
I rent my house. Can I, as the tenant, apply?
- Yes. All properties in the Fairbanks North Star Borough are eligible for the change-out programs, as long as the solid fuel burning device in question was installed on the property before June 10, 2010. /li>
Can I submit my application by fax or e-mail?
- No. Only the legal property owners can apply for the programs. Applications must be signed by all of the legal property owners.
Do you recommend a particular device?
- No. We need to have the original signatures of the property owners on the application, so all applications will need to be either mailed or brought in person to our office at: 3175 Peger Road, Fairbanks, AK 99709.
Where can I buy an EPA certified wood stove or EPA certified pellet stove?
- No. We do not recommend or promote any particular device or dealer. Different buildings and lifestyles require different types of devices. We recommend checking with local dealers and on-line to determine which device best suits your needs.
What about the Enhanced Solid Fuel Burning Appliance Change Out Program?
- There are many places people can by wood and pellet stoves. You can check the yellow pages of the telephone directory or on-line to find local dealers. We also have a list of all known dealers of wood and pellet stoves available in our office.
- This program is limited to people living in the Dale Road area and parts of North Pole. If you live in either of these areas please look at the application packet for more details.