There are a lot of sources of air pollution. Our cars may be most obvious, but don't forget about small engines. Lawn mowers, weed eaters, and chainsaws all add emissions to the air. In fact, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, lawn-mower emissions contribute nearly 33 percent to the total pollution in metropolitan areas. Not to worry though: Battery-powered versions of your favorite lawn and garden tools are becoming available as technology improves battery life. While still relying on electric energy to power the battery, this equipment's overall contribution to air pollution is significantly less than their gas-powered cousins.
Battery-powered yard tools reduce noise pollution as well as air pollution. Imagine if everyone in your neighborhood used practically whisper-quiet battery-operated lawn mowers, weed eaters, and other equipment.
Yet another plus: Cordless, battery-powered hand tools are also easier to use because they're lightweight. Cordless leaf blowers and weed eaters, for example, give you more flexibility in tight spaces or small areas.
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