Northern Indiana Wood Stove Changeout Program

The American Lung Association in Indiana has partnered with Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) to provide up to $5,000 in instant rebates for Hoosiers who changeout or retrofit their older, high-emissions wood burning boilers, stoves, and fireplaces with more efficient appliances.  Because older appliances release more particulate air emissions and cause more air pollution, they have a higher adverse effect on lung health.  Both the homeowner and their neighbors benefit from a cleaner-burning appliance and can enjoy breathing fresher air.

Homeowners residing in Adams, Allen, Benton, Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Dekalb, Elkhart, Fulton, Howard, Huntington, Jasper, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Lake, LaPorte, Marshall, Miami, Newton, Noble, Porter, Pulaski, St. Joseph, Starke, Steuben, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Wabash, Warren, Wells, White or Whitley counties are eligible to receive this voucher (while funding lasts), and will work with local Participating Retailers to complete the installation (an updated list of participating retailers can be found below).

The Northern Indiana Wood Stove Changeout Program is one of several Environmental Mitigation Projects that are a part of a consent decree between Northern Indiana Public Service Company, the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management).

General Program Incentives

 Type of Appliance  Instant Credit

1. EPA certified energy efficient wood-stoves:

  • New chimney installation required
  • New chimney installation not required




Up to $1,500
Up to $1,000

2. Gas or wood pellet energy efficient hearth appliances:

  • New chimney installation required
  • New chimney installation not required



Up to $2,000
Up to $1,200

 3. Hydronic heater retrofit kit

  • Heaters must be less than 7 years old
 

Up to $2,000

 4. EPA Phase 2 hydronic heaters

  • Only applicable to biomass wood pellets; continuous feed fuel
 

Up to $5,000
 5. Natural gas boilers of 90% or higher AFUE Up to $2,000
 6. Natural gas furnaces of 92% or higher AFUE Up to $2,000
 7. Energy Star qualified Geothermal Heat Pumps Up to $5,000


Income Qualified Residential Voucher is available to residential customers who are  at or below 150 percent of the poverty level  or are currently receiving assistance from food stamps, medical assistance, the Women, Infants, and Children’s Program, or income-qualified Home Energy Assistance Programs.  If you qualify, please contact the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

How to Apply for Financial Incentives

  1. Work directly with a Participating Retailer to choose the most appropriate appliance installation or retrofit for your situation.
  2. The Participating Retailer will provide you with a detailed cost estimate of the appliance installation or retrofit.
  3. The Participating Retailer will submit the customer’s application to the General Program Administrator to determine your eligibility
  4. Within two business days after receiving your application, the General Program Administrator will notify your Participating Retailer if your voucher application has been approved.  If your application is approved, you will be assigned a voucher number and the amount of your voucher will be held for 30 days.
  5. If approved, you must purchase and install your qualifying stove or insert by the expiration date (30-day window) associated with your voucher.
  6. Once installed, your Participating Retailer will deduct the amount of your voucher on your invoice.
  7. The amount of your voucher will be paid directly to your Participating Retailer.

Contact Information

  1. General Program Administrator
    Meghan McNulty, American Lung Association in Indiana
    Email:  meghan.mcnulty@lungin.org
    Phone:  317-819-1181 Ext. 237
    Fax:     317-819-1187
  2. Income Qualified Administrator
    Pamela Emery, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
    Email:  pbowling@ihcda.in.gov
    Phone: 317-233-5380 (direct) - 800-872- 0371 (toll free)
    Fax:     317-232-7778
  3. NIPSCO  Program Coordinator
    Barb Penkala, Northern Indiana Public Service Company
    Email: bpenkala@nisoruce.com
    Phone: 219-647-5009
  4. Lung HelpLine: 1-800-LUNG-USA (link)

Resources

Program Approved Appliances

  1. EPA Certified Wood Stoves
  2. Gas or wood pellet energy efficient hearth appliances (See your Participating Retailer)
  3. EPA Qualified Hydronic Heaters
  4. Wood boiler Hydronic Heater Retrofit:
  5. Natural gas boilers with 90% or higher AFUE:
  6. Natural gas furnace of 92% or higher AFUE:
  7. Energy Star qualified Geothermal Heat Pumps
  8. Additional NIPSCO Enviornmental Mitigation Projects
    • Northern Indiana Public Service Company (“NIPSCO”) will be sponsoring several Environmental Mitigation Projects in the near future. These Projects include an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project, a Clean Diesel Retrofit Project, a Wood Stove Changeout Program, and a Land Acquisition and Restoration Project, which are all currently underway in various stages. These Projects will significantly reduce potential hazardous and particulate air emissions in northern Indiana when completed, with a total budget of $9.5 million.

      These programs are being offered as part of a series of Supplemental Environmental Projects under the NIPSCO New Source Review NOV settlement. For more information, visit NIPSCO.com/environment.