Does the loud, inconsistent “hum” of a gas-powered leaf blower make you cringe? Quieter options are available!
Leading By Example
Learn how the City of Charleston is transitioning staff leaf blowers to electric!
Benefits of Electric Equipment
Produces less noise. Electric tools operate at a much quieter decibel level, reducing how many people are affected by the noise and improving quality of life in our neighborhoods. Plus, no more ear plugs.
Protects clean air, water and health. Battery powered options don’t produce harmful fumes like their counterparts, which require gasoline and oil to be burned directly in the machine leaving the user and the neighborhood in a cloud of harmful air pollutants. Electric alternatives also protect water quality as there is no risk of spilled gasoline at the pump, when refueling or performing maintenance.
Combats climate change. Gas-powered 2-stroke engines are extremely inefficient and often produce more greenhouse gas pollution than a car! Electric equipment produces zero emissions on site, is already much cleaner than the alternative, and will even get cleaner over time by plugging into a grid that gets cleaner every day.
Reduces maintenance costs and easier to use. Electricity is much more affordable than gasoline, reducing operating expenses and eliminating trips to the gas station. Electric machines also have fewer parts to service, require less routine maintenance and are known to have a longer lifespan than their counterparts. Battery alternatives are typically lighter in weight making them more user friendly and appealing to a wider audience.
Reduces the need to store or travel with flammable fuels. The fuel can be dangerous to maintain in the home and handle (transferring fuel into hot equipment, etc.). It can also spill in transport.
Proven reliable and powerful. Battery technology has advanced exponentially in the last few years, test it out for yourself!
Competitive pricing. Electric machines retail for a similar price point and are available all over Charleston in your local hardware stores and online. An extra battery adds to the cost, but if you purchase multiple tools from the same manufacturer platform, you can use one battery interchangeably in all of the tools. For each tool you purchase without a battery, you save around 30 percent.