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Burn It Smart workshop is sure to bring a breath of fresh air

With the chill of winter deepening, many of us are stoking our stoves or fireplaces to heat up our homes. The act involves more than a need for physical comfort; we have a primal and romantic attraction to the warming glow of fire.

But when you see smoke curling from the chimney tops you can be sure that there's more to it than meets the eye. Where there's smoke, there's…the opportunity to improve both fuel efficiency and air quality.

On December 8 from 1 – 3 pm at the Sechelt Fire Hall, the Sunshine Coast Clean Air Society is hosting a free, informative Burn It Smart workshop. Facilitator Zigi Gadomski will present his in-depth knowledge – starting from his days as a chimney sweep, on through his role as president of WETBC (Wood Energy Technicians of British Columbia) – with facts, fun, and eye-opening demonstrations.

Zigi is known as an entertaining educator who is committed to delivering high quality programs on wood burning technologies. You'll see his mobile demonstration unit, learn about moisture testing your wood, and more. You'll have a greatlearn a lot, and then return to your wood pile with a fresh take on wood heating. You'll use less fuel, emit fewer particulates, and continue to enjoy the warmth and beauty of your wood stove or fireplace.

The Sunshine Coast Clean Air Society has been awarded a grant of $15,000 from the Ministry of Environment to facilitate provincial wood stove exchange goals for 2013. The program enables close to 700 householders across the province to receive rebates of $250 when they replace inefficient, old wood-burning stoves with new, efficient models.

Since 2008, the B.C. government has partnered with the BC Lung Association to run the wood stove exchange program. To-date, the B.C. government has put over $1.8 million toward the program, which has resulted in over 5,000 old wood stoves being successfully replaced. In total, 14 communities across the province will receive $192,00 from MOE to aid in these efforts in 2013.

The Clean Air Society is grateful for the financial support of the Province of British Columbia and the BC Lung Association, who enable them to bring the Burn It Smart workshop and Wood Stove Exchange program to Sunshine Coast residents. Together we help improve air quality for everyone.

There's no need to register for the Burn It Smart workshop – just come. Bring a friend. Enter for an exciting door prize and partake of a yummy snack or two. You'll be glad you did.