The Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) is partnering with the
American Lung Association and the Indiana Housing and Community Development
Authority (IHCDA) to provide up to $5,000 in instant rebates to Porter
County residents who change out or retrofit their older, high-emissions wood
burning boilers, stoves and fireplaces with more efficient appliances.
The Northern Indiana Wood Stove Changeout Program was designed to help
improve air quality and reduce pollution by encouraging adoption of
cleaner-burning appliances, according to a statement released on Tuesday.
Residents of Porter, Lake, LaPorte, Allen, Elkhart, Starke, and St. Joseph
counties are eligible to receive this voucher, and can work with local
participating retailers to find and install the best-suited appliance or
retrofit for their homes.
“Older, wood-burning appliances release more particulate air emissions and
cause more air pollution,” said Kelly Carmichael, director of environmental
policy for NIPSCO. “By helping connect residents with more efficient
technologies, this program not only helps improve air quality in the home,
but it also has a positive effect on neighbors and the larger community.”
Two types of vouchers are available through the program:
•The General Residential Voucher provides credits of up to $5,000 depending
on the type of heating appliance installed and is administered by the
American Lung Association.
•The Income-Qualified Voucher provides credits of up to $4,000 towards a new
heating appliance and is administered with the help of the Indiana Housing
and Community Development Authority (IHCDA). Eligible households for the
Income Qualified Voucher are within 150 percent of the poverty level or
currently receive assistance from food stamps, medical assistance, the
Women, Infants, and Children’s Program or income-qualified home energy
The American Lung Association has managed similar changeout programs in
“We recently completed a large project like this one in Western
Massachusetts where over 150 families received vouchers for cleaner burning
stoves,” said Alison Martin, executive director of the American Lung
Association in Indiana. “The community response to that program was
overwhelming and we hope to see the same kind of enthusiastic response in
More information, including a list of qualifying products and participating
retailers, can be found at www.NIPSCO.com/WoodStoveChangeout
The Northern Indiana Wood Stove Changeout Program is effective through June
30, 2013 or until funds are exhausted.
This program is one of several Environmental Mitigation Projects which are a
part of a consent decree between Northern Indiana Public Service Company,
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Indiana Department of