Why Electric: The Advantages of Mean Green Electric Mowers

Why Electric: The Economic/Cost Savings

  • Lower Fuel Costs
  • Lower Maintenance Costs
  • Lower Repair Costs
  • Lower Total Lifecycle Cost

See the costs comparisons and calculate your own potential savings.

Why Electric: The Environmental Benefits

Decreased Fossil Fuel Use

CO2 Reduction:

Compare the CO2 emissions of using a gas or diesel mower or a Mean Green electric mower.

Air Pollution Reduction

Low Noise

As demonstrated in this video, Mean Green Electric Lawn Mowers produce about 1/3 the sound intensity of conventional gas or diesel mowers of similar horsepower.

A noise comparison

Note: The Decibel (dB) Scale is used to quantify sound levels. Zero (0) dB is the quietest sound audible to a healthy human ear.  Because it is a “logarithmic” rather than a linear scale, every increase of 3 dB represents a doubling of sound intensity. However, humans perceive sound to be twice as loud when there’s a difference of about 10 dB.   So, as heard in this audio-visual demonstration, the 16 dB difference between the two mowers makes the diesel mower sound about THREE times louder than the electric mower. What this means in practical terms is that a Mean Green electric mower can barely be heard when it’s operating 30 to 40 feet away and can’t be heard at all when it’s operating more than a few hundred feet away or on the opposite side of a small building. The diesel mower on the other hand is so loud that it can easily be heard even when it’s operating many hundreds of feet away.

Increased Use of Renewable Energy

Mean Green electric mowers remove the dependence on fossil fuels. You can use renewable energy generation to charge your mower batteries. Weather using your own solar panels, or purchasing renewable energy through your utility, the only way to move to meet carbon emission  reduction goals is to do away with unnecessary  use of fossil fuels.

The Increased Use of Electric Lawn Care Equipment in Vermont

While there were just a few commercial-grade battery-electric lawn mowers operating in Vermont in 2016, during the 2020 mowing season there were about 30 operated by seven lawn care contractors, a few farms, two homeowners associations, the VT Department of Forestry, Parks and Recreation, the Burlington Parks and Recreation, and the University of Vermont.

Each of these mowers are saving their owners $3 to $5 per hour in operating costs due to the lower cost of electricity versus fuel, and lower maintenance and repair costs.  And since each of these commercial mowers is being used instead of a conventional mower that burns an average of 1 gallon of fuel per hour, which releases approximately 20 lb of CO2, if each of these mowers was operated for an average of 300 hours during the mowing season, they collectively saved about 9,000 gallons of fossil fuel and displaced about 180,000 lbs of CO2 emissions.

Another encouraging development thousands of low-horsepower electric walk-behind mowers that are also now being operated by homeowners and renters Vermont, as well as many more thousands of high quality battery-electric “chore tools” including chain saws, string trimmers, and leaf blowers being used by contractors, homeowners/renters, and institutions. All these electric lawn care tools are also eliminating the consumption of thousands more gallons of fossil fuel, and eliminating hundreds more tons of CO2 emissions.