I know we all love convenience, but have you ever thought of the impact a gas lawnmower is having on the environment?
We recently moved from an apartment to a house, and quickly borrowed a lawn mower from a family member. When my husband cranked up the lawnmower, there was a huge amount of white smoke that went up. I sarcastically quipped, “That’s really good for the environment.” He replied “It always does that every time I start it up.” I heard these words and just felt terrible, and thought that there had to be a better solution.
I did a quick search online and check out some statistics I found:
“One hour of lawn mowing with a gas-powered lawn mower produces as much pollution as driving your car for four hours.” Source HERE.
“Each weekend, about 54 million Americans mow their lawns, using 800 million gallons of gas per year and producing tons of air pollutants. Gas mowers represent 5% of U.S. air pollution.” Source HERE.
It is estimated that over 17 million gallons of gas is spilled and wasted by consumers refueling lawn equipment every year. Source HERE.
I was a little disturbed when I read these statistics, but I can’t say that I am surprised. So what am I going to do about it? We’re going to go get a Reel Mower.
Costs less than gas mowers.
Won’t require fuel.
Maintenance is easier and cheaper.
Is more quiet.
Is better for the environment and your own yard.
Will give us some good exercise!
It may take you longer to mow your yard.
Getting a reel mower is a great way to save some money, and to help the environment at the same time. How many of you out there use a reel mower? I’d love to hear some feedback! I’ll be going out to get one after I do some deal hunting (you know me, looking for the best price).