We all know gas mowers and other gas-powered garden tools are not the most environmentally friendly types out there due to the internal combustion in their engines which release harmful pollutants, but how much better are electric mowers?
Well yes, electric lawnmowers are much better than gas mowers for the environment thanks to their absence of an engine, but this does depend on where the energy is sourced from the mower.
Within our short guide below, we will discuss why petrol mowers are bad for the environment, the eco-friendly pros to electric mowers as well as their cons and some tips for better eco-friendly mowing with your electric model.
Before we can discuss just how good electric mowers are for the environment we first need to understand why petrol mowers are so bad as the alternative.
Petrol lawnmowers run with a fuel engine and release many greenhouses in the air just like cars, from carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide.
Two-stroke mowers are considered worse than four-stroke mowers for the environment due to the fact they have incomplete combustion in their engine.
We've listed the biggest disadvantages to petrol mowers on the environment down below.
Now we know why electric mower models are the preferred eco-friendly alternative to petrol mowers we can discuss just how good these electric mower models are and their limitations below.
The main advantages to electric mowers over gas-powered mowers in terms of the environment are that they don't run on the engine, which stops combustion and emissions being released into the air.
Since these corded and battery-powered mowers do not run off fuel they also don't have any risk of spillage when doing maintenance.
Although electric mowers are certainly the more eco-friendly option over gas mowers these cordless mowers can have their cons when it comes to the environment.
For example, if their power does not come from a clean energy source power plant they are still contributing to the carbon footprint.
Battery mowers are also a big problem when it comes to their batteries being dumped in landfills, to avoid landfill waste these batteries need to be specially recycled.
Overall, electric mowers are a much better choice for the environment as long as they are getting their power from a clean energy source and the battery inside the mowers are disposed of properly.
These mowers have no risk of fuel spillage and do not contribute to emissions in the air.
One way to make your electric mower even better for the environment is by using it in a more eco-friendly way.
We've listed some tips for making your electric mowing more green below.
What are the most eco-friendly kinds of mowers?
The most eco-friendly kinds of mowers are push mowers, cordless mowers and corded electric mowers.
Are electric lawn mower models more expensive than petrol mowers?
Yes, electric mowers are much more expensive than petrol mowers but are also more energy-efficient, these types of mowers require much less maintenance too in the long run so the price ends up being fair.
What is the impact of lawnmowers on the environment?
The emissions from lawn mowers contribute to greenhouse gases in the environment, they are the equivalent of a 100-mile car ride because of their engine emissions, they also come with other issues such as fuel spillage.
To conclude, electric lawn mowers are much better for the environment than petrol mowers due to the reduction in emission and no fuel. Always ensure you get your electricity from a clean energy source and dispose of any batteries correctly if you have an electric mower.
To keep your mowing more enviro-friendly we also suggest implementing practices such as mulching and using rainwater for irrigation.