Reducing Climate Pollution and Saving Money for Vermonters
It’s that time of year again! The grass is growing and the lawn needs to be mowed. The great news is that this gas-guzzling, climate-polluting chore can now be completed with much lower emissions and at much lower cost for Vermonters.
With expanded incentives from Green Mountain Power, Washington Electric Coop, and Burlington Electric Department, and low-cost financing from VSECU, there has never been a better time switch to electric lawn equipment.
Through June 30, 2020, Green Mountain Power is offering an increased $75 incentive for residential electric mowers purchased from Vermont retailers (https://bit.ly/GreenUpYourMowing). GMP also increased its incentive for commercial electric lawn mowers from $700 to $2,500 (https://bit.ly/ElectricMowerRebate).
Through December 31, 2020, Washington Electric Coop is offering its customers up to $100 off the qualifying purchase of a new residential electric push mower and up to $1000 on the purchase of qualifying commercial mowers (https://bit.ly/WEC-ElectricIncentives).
With its Mow Electric program, Burlington Electric Department offers its customers up to $100 off the purchase of a new residential electric mower purchased in Vermont before December 31, 2020. Qualifying commercial-grade electric mowers purchased before December 31, 2020 are eligible for an incentive of $3,500. (https://bit.ly/BED-ElectricMowerIncentive).
BED, WEC, and GMP customers who qualify for a commercial-electric-lawn-mower incentive are also eligible for an additional $300 manufacturer’s rebate from Mean Green Mowers at the time of purchase.
“With summer approaching and Burlington continuing our work to become a Net Zero Energy city, we are glad to continue our Mow Electric incentive program to help our community reduce fossil fuel use by switching to e-lawn mowers,” said Darren Springer, Burlington Electric Department General Manager. “Mowing electric saves money on fuel and maintenance, and contributes to cleaner air for all Burlingtonians.”
VSECU, a credit union in Vermont, offers low-cost financing for a variety of energy saving projects, including residential electric mowers, through their VGreen Loan program. VSECU is also able to offer business loans for electric mowers at 3.75% fixed rate for a five-year term. This rate is good at least until December 31, 2020. For more information about these commercial loans, contact VSECU’s VBiz Team at 802-371-3109 or visit vsecu.com/vbiz.
Fossil-fuel mowers are a source of climate pollution that most of us don’t think about very often. We’re all familiar with automobile emissions but tend to give less thought to the fossil fuels we use taking care of our lawns. Using a diesel or gasoline-powered mower for an hour emits as much climate pollution as driving 300 miles (source). With over 40 million acres of turf grass in the U.S., the EPA estimates that our gasoline and diesel-powered lawn equipment emits 54 billion pounds of C02 per year!
Green-e-Mowers, an authorized Robomow® dealer in Bradford, VT, offers many options of all-electric robotic lawnmowers that do not need you to do the mowing. They have applied to be included in this incentive opportunity and expect to be approved. Visit usa.robomow.com or call 802.439.6675.
There has never been a better time to mow electric!