July 25, 2019

HPBA Applauds Introduction of National Woodstove Changeout Bill

Legislation Would Lower Emissions and Strengthen Local Communities

Arlington, Va. (July 25, 2019) – The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) voiced its strong support for the introduction of the Wood Heaters Emissions Reduction Act of 2019 (WHERA). Introduced by Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), this bill would create a federally-funded program to encourage woodstove changeouts throughout the U.S. and territories.

HPBA has worked with states, tribes, air agencies and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for more than three decades in support of changeout programs. “States and air agencies have long sought a stable, federal source of funds for these programs to allow for long-range planning and more stability,” noted Jack Goldman, President & CEO, HPBA. “This legislation accomplishes this goal and empowers communities to improve air quality, lower home heating bills, and support local businesses. This is a win for everyone involved.”

Changeout programs traditionally offer consumers a rebate to replace an aging, uncertified woodburning appliance with a more modern, certified option. According to the EPA, an EPA-certified heater can use up to one third less fuel than a non-certified heater. The rebate makes today’s modern wood heaters an affordable option and an economic win for the consumer and local business communities.

HPBA also works with the EPA to educate consumer about the best ways to burn wood. Launched in 2009, Burn Wise is an EPA project designed to provide educational material that helps consumers identify the right type of wood to burn and how to burn it in the most effective way. Burn Wise materials are a key component of changeout programs as they provide this important consumer education component.

“Between important legislation like WHERA and the Burn Wise program, it’s obvious that the best way to balance the needs of consumers, local businesses, and the government is by working together,” Goldman stated. “We call on every U.S. Senator to support this important legislation and look forward to seeing similar legislation being introduced with bipartisan support in the House. It’s a simple way to cost-effectively lower emissions throughout the U.S. while helping families reduce their home heating costs.”

About the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA)

The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), based in Arlington, Va., is the North American industry association for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, representatives, service firms and allied associates for all types of barbecue, patio and hearth appliances, fuels and accessories. The association provides professional member services and industry support in education, statistics, government relations, marketing, advertising and consumer education.

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Media Contact: Emily McGee, 703-522-0086, ext. 116, mcgee@hpba.org

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