By Associated Press - Saturday, March 24, 2018

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts homeowners who want to replace older, inefficient woodstoves with cleaner, EPA-certified wood and pellet stove models may be able to get help from the state.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has announced $450,000 in funding for the 2018 Commonwealth Woodstove Change-out Program.

Baker said the program helps homeowners install new wood stove models that use less fuel, reduce energy costs, and improve air quality in homes.

The program has already helped more than 2,000 residents swap out dirty, inefficient stoves for newer, cleaner models, with nearly 600 of these rebates going to low- and moderate-income residents.

Rebate applications will be accepted until August 28. Rebates range from $1,000 to $1,750.

EPA-certified stoves on average require one-third less wood than older models to produce the same amount of heat.

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