University of Maryland Extension

Maryland Wood Stove Grant Program Getting Hot!

Jonathan Kays, John Ackerly, Melissa Bollman
Pellet stove

Initial data from the Maryland stove rebate program show some very interesting and positive results.  While more data will be coming, this should be useful for other rebate and change-out programs.  Story with analysis and maps is here  Key findings include:

 1. Two thirds of consumers chose pellet stoves, not wood stoves.  Rebate was slightly higher at $600, compared to $400 for wood.

 2. The program successfully reached more rural, less affluent areas, mainly by restricting the rebate to homes that heat with oil, propane and electricity.  However, it did not reach all rural, less affluent areas equally. 

3. Residents of more affluent counties tended to chose pellet stoves more often than the least affluent counties.

 4. Restricting eligible wood stoves to 3 grams an hour or under, and 2 grams an hour or under for pellet stoves did not appear to pose any significant barriers for consumers, but a follow-up survey will dig into that and other issues more.

 5. Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) used pilot program to make common-sense adjustments to the professional installation requirement and now accepts self-installation in some situations, such as when a county inspector approves the installation.

 Many thanks to Kyle Haas at MEA for making this program a success. If anyone has questions or comments, we'd love to hear them.




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