Top 10 Green Tools


Green Mower

Mowing the lawn can be a huge, time-consuming job. You can work up a sweat yanking on the pull cord to get the mower started before you even begin the job. Going green allows you to start the mower quickly and offers a lot of other advantages, as well.

Home improvement TV and radio personality Danny Lipford says that one hour of mowing emits emissions equivalent to a 250-mile (402-kilometer) automobile drive [source: Lipford]. Also, more than 17 million gallons (64 million liters) of gas are spilled each year when people refuel lawn and garden equipment (more than was spilled in the Exxon Valdez disaster), and gas mowers cause almost five percent of the pollution in the U.S. [source: Green Options]. A green lawn mower, therefore, can greatly reduce your own personal carbon footprint.

Electric mowers are good, green alternatives to gas mowers. Not only do they drastically lower the emissions and spillage dangers, but electric mowers are also quieter. These mowers are limited to about 100 feet (30.5 meters) from the power source, though, and mowing around a cord can be tedious, so if you want a green mower for a large lawn, you'll want to consider a cordless, rechargeable battery-powered lawn mower. You can even find battery-powered riding mowers.

Finally, some people swear by old-fashioned push mowers. In fact, many insist that push mowers using today's designs aren't much harder to push than heavier gas-powered mowers, and you'll get a workout while you do your chores.