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Press Release

February 21, 2017


Contact: Nick Boµgalis
Tel. 218-362-8415

Local business to participate in Project Stove Swap,
incentivizing new appliance purchases

to change out old wood stoves and purchase newer models

range from
$325 to $10,000

Hibbing, Minn. – Businesses and residents of St. Louis and Itasca Counties can now take advantage of Project Stove Swap, a new program that can save them money on a new wood stove or heating appliance purchase. Project Stove Swap is an effort to swap out old, inefficient wood burning stoves with newer models that cut heating expenses, reduce air pollution, and increase safety.

Participants apply with Bougalis Construction Inc. to determine eligibility and can receive incentives ranging from $325 to $10,000, depending on the type of replacement and income level. Customers are responsible for all costs above the incentive amount.

Appliances used as a primary or major heat source and manufactured before 1990 are generally eligible for replacement through Project Stove Swap. Eligible appliances include wood and wood pellet stoves, fireplace inserts, fireplaces, forced air furnaces, and hydronic heaters.

Nick Bougalis has already helped a number of customers take advantage of the huge benefits of this program.

Residents and businesses in the St. Louis and Itasca County area can apply for the Project Stove Swap rebate by calling Nick or Kelly Bougalis, owners of Bougalis Construction Inc, at 218-362-8415.

Swapping out just one old, inefficient wood burning stove is the equivalent of removing 700 cars from the road each year. Wood smoke contains a mix of pollutants that can lead to a variety of short-term and long-term health issues.

Project Stove Swap is managed by Minnesota nonprofit Environmental Initiative, in partnership with Minnesota Power. The project offers financial incentive for residents, small businesses, and nonprofits in 17 Northeastern Minnesota counties to replace obsolete or inefficient wood burning stoves.


If you'd like more information about this topic, please call Nick Bougalis at 218-362-8415.