Lawn mowers in Bryan-College Station and many other places are used to help keep our yards looking nice but according to estimates from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), engines used to maintain lawns and gardens make up 5 percent of U.S. air pollution.
The air pollution released by gasoline powered equipment is extreme. According to the EPA using a gasoline-powered lawn mower for one hour produces the same amount of smog-forming hydrocarbons as driving a vehicle almost 200 miles.
Lawn mowers produce carbon monoxide, unburned hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxide, which all supply to the formation of ground-level ozone. It is expected for new rules concerning emissions from small engines to go into effect in the next year or two.
There are solutions to help this problem. Push or reel mowers, which start around $70. Electric and battery-powered mowers are another great alternative. Some electric mowers have cords and others are cordless. Corded mowers usually range from $150-$400. Cordless rechargeable mowers are powered by a removable-chargeable battery and can range from $200-$500.Cordless mowers have expanded in the recent years. Although they are sometimes more expensive it is a great way to go green and keep your neighbors happy with a quite lawn mower!