Sunday, March 30, 2008

Gas Mower's; BIG polluters



Think about greener lawn care; A typical gas lawnmower creates as much pollution in one hour of operation as forty late model cars. A recent swedish study concluded an hour of lawn mowing was equivelant to the emissions of driving your car for one hundered hours. Small gas engines simply produce more pollution than those of cars, add up all our gas mowers, and you have the second largest contributor of damage to our air.I have owned an electric mower, and yes, I found being tethered by a power card more than annoying. It was a nuisance mowing around the many fruit trees, and beds in my large backyard.I always felt it was just a matter of time before I ran over my cord, the whole thing made me slightly nervous. Having said this, I realise they are great for some yards, and many people love them. Further to this, mowers are avaliable with re-chargable batteries.The new solar mowers have my attention, no more pulling those starter cords, never mind it's quiet, cord free, and uses renewable energy. The prices are reasonable, and as best I can tell from my research, it seems they do a reasonable job. In the past some machines were both expensive, and wimpy, for all but the postage stamp size yards.I do love my push mower, but have to admit mine gives a rather shaggy cut. I actually like the excercise it affords, and the peace of mind that I am being quiet if I mow Sunday morning. I had been considering looking for a more deluxe model, but now....hmmm, perhaps the solar ones are the thing to keep my eye on. http://www.solarispowerproducts.com/green-facts.htm

3 comments:

Nancy J. Bond said...

That's certainly an eye opener! The solar powered machine sounds like a good alternative. Then, there's always sheep....... ;-)

Benjamin Vogt said...

I like my black and decker cordless, but sometimes I come up a row or two short on my small lawn. I don't mind, but solar looks interesting--could it really work?

Breanne said...

I had no idea, nor can I hardly believe that they are 100 times worse than a car engine...it seems somewhat impossible, but maybe that's simply because I know NOTHING about car or lawnmower engines - or any kind of engine...my husband seemed to think it made sense...