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What you don't know about gasoline-powered outdoor tools

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Facts About Gasoline Powered Outdoor Tools

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  1. Using a gasoline-powered lawn mower for one hour generates the same amount of air pollution as driving a car for 40 hours.*
  2. A gasoline-powered string trimmer operated for 1 hour is even worse as it generates pollution equivalent to driving a car for 60 hours.*
  3. Each year, one gas mower emits 88 pounds of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2)—along with 34 pounds of other pollutants—into the air.**
  4. Americans use 800 million gallons of gas per year mowing their lawns, creating 5% of the nation’s air pollution. **
  5. It’s estimated that over 17 million gallons of fuel, mostly gasoline, are spilled each year while refueling lawn equipment. That’s more than all the oil spilled by a huge oil corporation in the Gulf of Alaska!**

* K-State Research and Extension
** People Powered Machines

On the other hand, our electric powered outdoor tools emit zero emissions while in use. LEARN MORE.