Stop Kicking the Gas Can Down the Road
Close your eyes, and imagine a typical Saturday morning during the summer in the Midwest. Are the birds chirping? Can you hear the gentle song of cicadas humming in the distance? Or is it, more likely, the low roar of your neighbor’s gas-powered lawn mower jarring you awake on the one morning each week your alarm isn’t set? What if we told you it didn’t have to be this way?
With electric lawn equipment, the roar of a combustion engine is replaced by the low whir of an electric motor. And you’ll never come inside from mowing the lawn stinking like freshly spilled gasoline ever again. Given the current price of gasoline, you’ll be getting rid of a lot more than just a stinky odor.
Cheaper and Less Noisy
Instead of buying gas by the gallon, you can just recharge your lawn equipment at substantially reduced rates. Not only is electric lawn equipment cheaper to power, it’s also cheaper to maintain. No more engine tune-ups, oil, fuel filters, or spark plug replacements. Electric lawn equipment has eliminated all of it.
Electric lawn equipment is also easier to maneuver. Back and shoulder pain is reduced, since you’ll no longer be pushing heavy machinery around your yard. You’ll never feel the frustration of repeatedly yanking on a pull cord. Just flip a switch and go.
Better for the Environment
All of these benefits come on top of reducing your impact on the environment. According to U.S. Department of Transportation data, Americans used nearly 3 billion gallons of gasoline for lawn and garden equipment in 2018 alone. The emissions from burning all that fuel are significant. Operating a gas leaf blower for an hour can create as much smog-forming pollution as driving a 2017 Toyota Camry for 1,100 miles.
In fact, a 2014 study found that VOC emissions (a variety of carbon gasses that can produce smog and harm human beings) were, on average, 124 times higher from an idling two-stroke engine common in lawn care equipment compared to a truck or car. This led California to ban gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers late last year—a decision that will go into effect in 2024.
There are plenty of great reasons to make the switch to electric lawn equipment. We can’t promise you’ll get to sleep in every Saturday morning, but we know you’ll rest easy while saving money on gas and doing your part to curb climate change.