October 10th, 2011
The last thing many homeowners may be thinking about when they yank the plug on their gas-powered lawnmower is their contribution to global warming and poor air quality. But as more and more people attempt to lessen the environmental footprint they leave behind, one of the first areas they should take a look at is the lawn and garden equipment stashed in their garage. According to one study from the Environmental Protection Agency, one gas-powered mower emits as much air pollution in one hour as a car driven 100 miles. The same mowing session (or use of a gas-powered leaf blower and/or edger for an hour) releases as many hydrocarbons — a key component of harmful ground level ozone — as are released by a 1992 Ford Explorer driven 23,600 miles. Here is a list of some of the most popular models.