Love the warmth and smell of a wood-burning fireplace, but not so keen on the emissions? Upgrade to a more efficient EPA-certified wood-burning stove. Unlike a fireplace, a wood stove gives out a slow, controlled burn that produces almost no smoke, minimal ash, and requires less firewood. On top of that, newer EPA-certified stoves produce only 2 to 7 grams of smoke per hour compared to 15 to 30 grams of smoke per hour for older uncertified models.
By upgrading in 2010, you could even qualify for a federal tax credit. According to the EPA's website, a federal tax credit:
- Provides 30 percent (up to $1500) for the purchase of a qualified biomass-burning stove or fireplace insert between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010.
- Any wood- or pellet-burning stove that meets the 75 percent efficiency rating qualifies.
- Professional installation costs are included as long as installation is required for the proper and safe operation of the stove.