Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, encouraged the Canberra community to use the program – a partnership between the ACT Government and ActewAGL – to help them replace their wood heaters with new mains-supplied natural gas heating.
“There are great incentives for Canberrans to make the change, with an $800 rebate for replacing wood heaters with ducted gas systems and a $600 rebate for replacing them with new flued gas installations,” Mr Corbell said.
“This program is an important way individual households can help to protect our environment and our health. Although it’s still summer, making the change now to a more efficient natural gas heating system will help people prepare for winter.”
More than 1000 wood heaters have been replaced with cleaner heating alternatives since the program was launched in 2004.
“Despite this positive trend, we continue to have a winter particle pollution problem due to emissions from wood heaters used for home heating.
“Fine particulate matter in smoke can be very damaging and is is detrimental to our health and our air quality. The ACT’s air quality is among the best in the country, with wood smoke levels steadily declining as a result of programs such as the Wood Heater Replacement program. Despite this we continue to have a winter particle pollution problem due to emissions from wood heaters, particularly in Tuggeranong Valley.
“I encourage Canberrans with wood heaters to take advantage of this offer, which runs from 1 March to 31 December, to help improve our air quality.”
Clik on the link to download an application form – 2014 Wood Heater Replacement Program Application Form