Lawn Mower Swap: Residents Urged to Go Electric

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(Modesto, CA)
Tuesday, May 10, 2005

This is the fourth time this decade that the pollution control agency has provided a monetary incentive for Central Valley residents to swap their gasoline mowers for non-polluting electric mowers. Those who surrender their gasoline mowers will receive a voucher enabling them to buy an electric one for one hundred dollars.

The agency will provide a total of 720 vouchers at Home Depot stores in Modesto and Fresno this weekend and in Bakersfield in June.

Agency spokesman Anthony Presto those electric mowers will have a significant impact on the environment.

"We'll be able to reduce emissions by four thousand thirty-two pounds in the San Joaquin Valley. That's over two tons of nitrogen oxides, which will help reduce ozone."

Since the program began in 2001 about three thousand gasoline-powered mowers have been retired.

Presto says for every type of lawn equipment powered by gasoline, there's one that runs on electricity.