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Tahoe chief’s corner: Get a $400 rebate to replace old wood stoves

Mike Brown
Special to the Bonanza
Mike Brown

The UNR Business Environmental Program and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency have teamed up to offer a $400 rebate for a new wood, pellet or gas heating appliance to Nevada residents in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

This collaboration is another great example of agencies working together to provide quality programs and services.

Residence within the Lake Tahoe Basin with one of the following zip codes may qualify for the rebate when they change out their old, pre-1992, non-EPA-certified wood stove for a new EPA-certified heating appliance (wood, pellet or gas stove).

89451: Incline Village, Crystal Bay, Washoe County

89413: Carson City County

89448: Zephyr Cove, Douglas County

89449: Kingsbury, Douglas County


Homeowner researches the program and believes they have an old stove they would like to replace.

Homeowner goes to a Participating Stove Dealer and fills out or brings in a completed application.

Homeowner completes the application — found here: tinyurl.com/kmnhls3 — and provides it to the dealer.

Stove dealer applies for instant rebate. Dealer informs homeowner of approval and schedules a home visit.

Stove dealer confirms old stove, estimates installation costs, takes photo of old stove, and schedules change-out date.

During the change-out the dealer or licensed contractor removes old stove, installs new stove, and shows you the features of the new stove and starts the first fire.

Dealer or licensed contractor recycles old stove and completes the paperwork.

Dealer remains available for stove cleaning, maintenance, and questions.


1. Only available to residents of within the Lake Tahoe Basin areas (see list of zip codes above) and have existing wood burning stoves.

2. Only available for existing wood stove which are installed, functioning and non-EPA compliant, pre-1992 model (phase I and older). Participating retailers will assist in determining if your old stove qualifies.

3. Residents must surrender their old wood burning stove to the stove installer, who will then properly dispose of it at a program approved recycling facility.

4. Rebate program only offered through participating area dealers (see list at UNRBEP.org).

5. New stoves must be installed by a licensed contractor and must be done in accordance with any applicable city or county ordinances; building permits are required (see links at UNRBEP.org).

Feel free to contact John Handzo of the Business Environmental Program with any questions or concerns at Jhandzo@unr.edu or 775-834-3674.

“Chief’s Corner” is a regular feature in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza from North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Chief Mike Brown, offering information, tips and education material on fire safety, emergency preparedness and other pertinent topics.

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