As we head into the autumn season, we’ll be seeing a lot more leaf blowers around. Unfortunately, these gas-guzzling loud machines are not environmentally friendly in the slightest. Thankfully, leaf blowers are going electric, and they’re more affordable now than ever before.
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Amid the looming climate crisis, people everywhere are making the switch to electric blowers and mowers to have a more eco-friendly garden. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an average commercial lawn mower runs 406 hours a year, or 17 straight days.
According to some estimates, the emissions from lawn machines are emitting gases even quicker than some US highways and interstates. In 2011, gas-powered lawn equipment made up 43 percent of the United State’s organic compound emissions, 12 percent of its carbon monoxide emissions, and other toxic pollutants like benzene, butadiene, acetaldehyde, and formaldehyde.
As lawmakers around the world are realizing the noise and emissions from leaf blowers, many are working to ban gas-powered equipment and move toward electric. The blowing part of the blower is a large fan, which is quite easy to run on a battery.
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Last year, California voted to ban the sale of most small gas-powered tools by the end of this year. According to the California Air Resources Board, there are as many lawn tools as there are cars and trucks. Now, only about 6 percent of the tools that professionals use are electric.
Other cities around the United States have worked towards banning these polluting machines, including Washington, DC; Burlington, Vermont; Portland, Oregon and Palm Beach, Florida.
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