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Woodstove Changeout Program in North Carolina

The American Lung Association in North Carolina is fighting for cleaner air by providing vouchers to help replace or retrofit old wood and coal stove appliances with new, efficient, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-certified appliances. Residential property owners in Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Mecklenburg, and Swain counties and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) community may be eligible for vouchers.

Eligible Replacement Appliances

To qualify for a replacement, retrofitting or upgrading, the older wood burning stove/fireplace must be used in regular use in a primary residence during the home-heating season. This program will replace or retrofit inefficient, higher-polluting wood-burning or coal appliances with cleaner-burning, more energy-efficient heating appliances and technologies. Specifically, the following replacement scenarios are eligible and are referred to collectively as "Eligible Replacement Appliances."

How It Works

Qualifying residents will submit a voucher application to the American Lung Association. If the application is approved, the voucher is valid for four weeks, and in that time the approved resident will bring the voucher to a participating stove retailer. The voucher acts as a 'coupon', discounting the new appliance unit or installation for the resident at point of purchase. After sale and installation, it is then the retailer's responsibility to submit the voucher and all qualifying documentation to the American Lung Association for payment.


Based on specific needs at the residence and/or income qualified status, four types of vouchers are available:

Type of Appliance

General Incentive


Wood Stove

Pellet/Gas/Heat Pump Hydronic Heater/Gas, Furnace Catalyst

Non EPA Wood Stove or Qualified Fireplace




Income Qualified Single-Story Home





Income Qualified Two-Story Home





Hydronic Heater







To receive an income qualified voucher, you MUST provide proof of current participation in state Medicaid; Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Supplemental Food Program, Low Income Heating Assistance Program, or Low-income Weatherization Assistance Program (local Community Action Programs provide this determination). In addition to the programs listed above, Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians households also qualify for income qualified voucher amounts with verification of current participation in the programs listed below:

  • HUD (Qualla Housing)
  • Family Support Services
  • Nurse Family Partnership (NFP)

Am I Eligible?

Applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  • Must be a resident and homeowner in the counties of: Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Mecklenburg or Swain or a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians community in North Carolina.
  • Must be currently using a non-EPA certified wood stove (build pre-1990) or fireplace as heating source. Wood burning unites in workshops and sheds do not qualify. Workplaces, rental properties, seasonal or part-time properties are not eligible to apply.
  • Must trade in your old non-EPA certified stove, hydronic heater or catalyst for a new EPA certified wood stove, wood pellet stove, heater rated gas stove, ductless heat pumps or EPA certified wood pellet heater, ENERGY Star gas furnace, boiler or heat pump.
  • Must purchase the new heating appliance from a participating retailer. List will be supplied.
  • Must have the new heating appliance professionally installed in compliance with relevant building and fire codes. No do-it-yourself option.
  • Must fully complete a voucher application form including a photo of the existing stove/fireplace/hydronic heater/catalyst and any documentation required if applying for the income qualified voucher. Documentation should be a copy of your current Medicaid card (front and back), copy of official letter certifying participation in other programs. All should be mailed to:

American Lung Association
122 State Street
Augusta, Maine 04330
ATTN: Michelle Edwards, Program Coordinator

  • Must have voucher in hand when entering into a purchase and sale agreement with a participating retailer. The agreement should be made prior to the expiration of the voucher (4 week period). The stove does NOT have to be installed within that timeframe, but must be within 30 days of the expiration date of the voucher.
  • Vouchers will be available on a first come, first served basis and only received by the American Lung Association via US mail. No walk-ins. Postmarks will be used to establish the voucher list and any waiting list.
  • Limit of one voucher per household.

How Do I Apply?

Complete the voucher application form in its entirety. Application instructions are at the beginning of the voucher application, and voucher approval or denial should be received within two weeks of submission. After voucher approval, recipient will have four (4) weeks to enter into a purchase and sale agreement with a participating retailer.

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