Woodstove trade-in program closing down - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Woodstove trade-in program closing down

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

The Commonwealth Woodstove Trade-In-Program will be closing because of high demand.

According to the Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs, The program will be closing its second round of funding which provided $800,000. All online applicants must submit their applications by 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, while paper applications must have a postmarked date of no later than Saturday, Jan. 26.

The pilot program supplies refunds in exchange of old and unproductive wood or coal-burning  stoves. During the second round, it spent all of its funding within nine days.

"The tremendous success of this program is another example of the way Massachusetts residents respond enthusiastically to clean energy opportunities," said Rick Sullivan, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs. "We're excited that so many families have been able to participate and bring the clean energy revolution into their homes."

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the new stoves need less fuel, which helps owners save money on fuel costs. They also produce 70 percent less harmful particles than older models.

During the first round in December, the pilot program spent its $100,000 given within just 12 days.

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