Burning wood may be humanity's oldest way of generating heat and comfort. But, burning wood also produces emissions that are widely recognized as harmful to human health. People with lung disease face special risks, as do children, older adults, people with cardiovascular disease and diabetics.
Approximately 10 million wood burning stoves are currently in use in the United States, and 65 percent of them are older, inefficient, conventional stoves. Just 20 of these old, non-EPA certified wood stoves can emit more than one ton of fine particle pollution into your area during the cold months of the year.
The American Lung Association in Michigan launched the Lower Peninsula of Michigan Woodstove Changeout Program to ensure that the air we breathe is clean and safe. Homeowners in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan who used a wood- or coal-burning appliance as a primary or significant source of heat, could apply for a voucher for the purchase of a cleaner burning, more energy-efficient heating appliance.
Over the course of the fiscal year, the Lower Peninsula of Michigan Woodstove Changeout Program distributed over $813,000 and changed out nearly 300 wood stoves across the region. The program also educated participants on the proper use and care of each new appliance along with tips on the best burn practices.
"This program will help improve air quality for the over 9 million residents of the Lower Peninsula while protecting their health and homes," says Jocelyn Hayward, Program Manager for the American Lung Association in Michigan.