Replacement Options

Snohomish County Only

For approved households in Snohomish County, Puget Sound Clean Air Agency offers an "instant-discount" coupon of $1,500 off the purchase and installation of an eligible replacement heating device in exchange for your old, installed wood stove or insert.

Your local utility offers a variety of rebates that can also be taken to further reduce your out-of-pocket costs for a cleaner heating device.

Basically, you have two types of heating replacement options that you can purchase from a participating hearth retailer or HVAC contractor:

  • A system that heats the whole house
  • A device that heats a room

Read on below to help you make the best heating choice for your home and lifestyle. All replacement equipment must meet certain efficiency and/or emissions requirements.

Another resource is the participating contractors/retailers. They have signed contracts to participate in the program. Therefore, they're familiar with the program and knowledgeable about which heating option is best for your home and lifestyle. To be eligible for Snohomish County PUD rebates, the Wood Stove Program contractor must also be a PUD registered trade ally.

Options for Heating an Entire House

Natural Gas Furnace with an Energy Star Qualification

  • Benefits:
    • Increased home value and comfort
    • Centralized system that heats the whole house
  • Estimated costs:

 Oil or Propane Furnace with an Energy Star Qualification

  • Benefits:
    • Increased home value and comfort
    • Centralized system that heats the whole house
  • Estimated costs: $4,000-$6,000
    • $1,500 from Clean Air Agency

Electric Heat Pump System with High-Efficiency Classification

  • Benefits:
    • Provides heating and cooling
    • Centralized system heats the whole house
  • Estimated costs: $6,000-$10,000

Options for Heating a Room

Electric, Ductless Heat Pump with High-Efficiency Classification

  • Benefits:
    • Provides heat and cooling
    • Mounted on wall; takes very little space
    • Very quiet operation
  • Estimated costs: $3,500- $3,800 for one zone
    • $1,500 from Clean Air Agency if equipment meets your local utility's efficiency requirements
    • $500 or $800 from Puget Sound Energy (PSE) depending on your primary source of heating. For multi-family units, such as apartments or condos, contact PSE for heating retrofit incentives and special requirements.
    • $600 for single head, $1,000 for multi-head from Snohomish County PUD  for electrically heated customers only

Natural Gas Stove or Fireplace Insert with High-Efficiency Classification

  • Benefits:
    • Approved for use during burn bans
    • Back-up heat source, even in a power outage
    • Instantly turns on and off
    • Clean and soot-free
  • Estimated costs: $2,800-$4,000
    • $1,500 from Clean Air Agency if equipment meets Canadian P4 FE of 70 or better, be direct vent, and have electric ignition
    • $200 from Puget Sound Energy (PSE) or $250 from Cascade Natural Gas Co. if equipment meets Canadian P4 FE of 70 or better, be direct vent, have electric ignition, and be installed in main living area (not a bedroom); and $300 from Cascade Natural Gas Co. for 80% or better AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency)

Propane Stove or Fireplace Insert with High-Efficiency Classification

  • Benefits:
    • Approved for use during burn bans
    • Back-up heat source, even in a power outage
    • Instantly turns on and off
    • Clean and soot-free
  • Estimated costs: $2,800-$4,500
    • $1,500 from Clean Air Agency
    • Equipment must meet Canadian P4 FE of 70 or better, be direct vent, and have electric ignition

Pellet Stove or Fireplace Insert with Low-Emissions Classification

  • Benefits:
    • Economical. For just pennies an hour, pellet stoves deliver cozy, constant heat.
    • Efficient and easy to use. One pack of pellets provides several hours of steady heat. The auger automatically delivers the fuel to provide the heat you want.
    • Cleaner than cut wood. Emits significantly less wood smoke pollution than cord wood fires.
    • Approved for use during Stage 1 burn bans
    • Back-up heat source, with battery or generator back-up to run the auger during power outages.
  • Estimated costs: $3,400-$4,500
    • $1,500 from Clean Air Agency
    • Equipment must meet Washington State emission standards, be EPA certified and emission rate for non-catalytic devices must be at or below 4.5 grams of particulate matter per hour (at or below 2.5 grams per hour for catalytic devices)