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Domestic heating

Action 4.3: Economic incentives coupled with information for all appliances

Economic incentives alone may accelerate replacement of old wood burning appliances – but replacement rates could be further enhanced by combining incentives and replacement programmes with targeted information to the general public regarding benefits of the new burning technologies – health-related, environmental and economic.


Area of action
Domestic heating
Economic incentives to owners of wood burning equipment for accelerating deployment of cleaner and more efficient heating sources, coupled with: Information and education on economic and health savings from installing cleaner and more efficient heating sources and to promote proper operation and maintenance, including storage and treatment of fuels
Type of intervention
Economic incentives, Information and guidance
Time perspective
Short- to long-term
Structural change
Jurisdictional scope
Policy forum
National authorities (e.g. those responsible for fire safety and/or environmental protection), associations of producers and providers of stoves and fireplaces

New equipment is not only less emissive – it is also most often more efficient at proper operation and maintenance. Active spreading of information among the stove users about cost-efficiency of replacement old stoves and fireplaces with new, cleaner technologies, could encourage more people to use the economic incentives provided within on-going replacement programmes. For example, the Norwegian public fund Enova does this seemingly successfully: they prepare fact sheets with a clear overview of the size of the subsidy, how to obtain the subsidy, how the technology works and what you may gain economically in energy savings (example).