New bill could give residents federal assistance to replace wood stoves

FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Fairbanks residents may soon have federal assistance to replace old wood stoves with newer, more efficient ones. The Associated Press reported that Senator Lisa Murkowski worked with Senator Tom Carper of Delaware to introduce a bill last month which would provide grants to help people purchase clean burning heaters.

Murkowski said, "Many Alaskans rely on wood as an abundant, affordable fuel to heat their homes. Older, inefficient appliances for wood heat can last a really long time, but newer options are better for both our health and the environment."

The bill would authorize $75 million in grants each year through 2024.