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Each year aging gasoline powered lawn mowers and lawn care equipment spew
thousands of tons of polluting chemicals and particles into the air.
These pollutants create urban smog which can lead to chronic illnesses such
as eye irritation, asthma, and headaches.

  • Green Seal reviewed 12 manufacturers on the following aspects of their
    products: power supply, engine efficiency, cut size, emission reduction
    methods, product features and overall costs.

  • In this Choose Green Report the equipment is divided into gasoline powered
    equipment and electric equipment. Within each section there is a variety of
    some of the following: riding mowers, walk behind mowers, grass trimmers and
    brush cutters.

  • Overall, electric equipment receives the Green Seal Green Buy award based
    on our criteria and although battery powered equipment may not fit every
    need, it is an excellent choice when possible.
  • The average gasoline mower tested by the EPA emits in 1 hour of operation
    the same amount of hydrocarbons that a 1992 Ford Explorer emits over 23,600

  • The average gasoline mower emits over 9000 times more hydrocarbons than its
    electric equivalent!

  • If just 20 percent of US homeowners switched to electric mowers 84,000
    fewer tons of carbon monoxide would be emitted into
    the air each year!

  • An electric mower would save the average user 73 percent in
    total energy costs!

To read Green Sealís environmental rating of 52 name brand electric and
gasoline walk behind mowers, grass trimmers, and hedge trimmers,
download the Choose Green Report on Lawn Care Equipment!

Read more: Nature, Lawns & Gardens

Adapted from a Green Seal Choose Green Report, by Green Seal. Copyright (c) by Green Seal. Reprinted by permission of Green Seal.
A Green Seal Choose Green Report, by Green Seal

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12:06PM PDT on Apr 3, 2015

Its true! I was sick of hearing and smelling gas powered lawn care equipment. For years, i wondered why there were no lawn care companies that used electric. So one day I quit my job and started one up. I use green works mowers and can get 15,000 square feet mowed with two batteries. Each mower holds two. In the end you can't tell. Was it done by electric or gas? So why use gas in this day and age? Makes no sense...

9:40AM PDT on May 8, 2012


7:50AM PDT on May 8, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

11:07AM PST on Feb 6, 2011


4:03AM PDT on Nov 5, 2010

I have a large lawn and have to use petrol lawnmower

4:02AM PDT on Nov 5, 2010


6:29AM PDT on Jun 18, 2010

I didn't know any of this. Thanks Annie!!

1:07AM PDT on May 26, 2010

thanks for posting

5:26PM PDT on Apr 14, 2010

thank you. didn't know any of this.

3:46PM PST on Feb 11, 2010

Thank you for this article! Even better, perhaps,use a manual mower ... or have a no-mow lawn!

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