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Warm Up the Holidays with a Discount
on a Natural Gas Log Set  

December 14, 2011

AQMD Offers Consumers up to $200 to Convert Wood-Burning Fireplaces to Gas Logs

Just in time for the holidays and winter weather, the AQMD is offering residents a discount of up to $200 to convert their existing wood-burning fireplace to a clean-burning gas log set.

AQMD’s Healthy Hearths program offers Southland residents a discount of up to $200 toward the purchase and professional installation of clean-burning gas log sets at more than 60 area retailers.

“Residents can play an important role in protecting their health and our air by making the switch to clean-burning natural gas logs,” said William A. Burke, Ed.D., chairman of AQMD’s Governing Board.

Today’s gas-log sets look remarkably like wood fires but they virtually eliminate fine particulate emissions since they burn clean natural gas. And they completely eliminate the hassle of handling wood and cleaning ashes from the fireplace.

Fireplaces and other wood-burning devices are actively used in an estimated 1.2 million households in the Southland. They emit more than five tons of harmful PM2.5 emissions per day in the South Coast Air Basin – more than four times the amount of PM2.5 emitted from all the power plants in the Southland.

Residents living in the South Coast Air Basin, which includes all of Orange County and the non-desert portions of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, are eligible. Mountain community residents are not eligible since AQMD’s Healthy Hearths initiative doesn’t apply to areas above 3,000 feet elevation. A total of $500,000 is available on a first-come, first-served basis until the program sells out.

To participate, residents must visit a participating retailer who will then apply the discount to the purchase and professional installation cost of a gas log set. To find a participating retailer and confirm eligible ZIP codes, residents can visit www.HealthyHearths.org and click on Gas Log Incentives.

The gas log incentive program is part of AQMD’s Healthy Hearths initiative adopted in 2008. The initiative also includes the Check Before You Burn program -- a wood-burning curtailment program in effect from November through February each year on days when unhealthful air quality levels are forecast.

Under the Check Before You Burn program, no-burn advisories will be issued on days when PM2.5 levels are forecast to be unhealthy. No-burn advisories will be issued only for the specific areas where PM2.5 levels are forecast to be unhealthy and not for the entire region. Residents using clean-burning gas logs are not subject to the curtailment program.

Numerous studies have found unhealthy levels of PM2.5 associated with increased emergency room visits, hospitalizations and early deaths. Three new studies released earlier this month by the California Air Resources Board show that exposure to PM2.5 significantly elevates the risk for premature deaths from heart disease in older adults and elevates incidence of strokes among post-menopausal women.

For more information on the gas log incentive and Check Before You Burn programs and on the health impacts from wood smoke, visit www.HealthyHearths.org.

AQMD is the air pollution control agency for Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.




This page updated: December 14, 2011
URL: http://www.aqmd.gov/news1/2011/gaslogincentivePR.htm