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10:00 AM – May 4, 2020
San Isabel Electric member-owners are now eligible for up to a $125 rebate for purchasing an electric lawnmower. The rebate is part of the electric co-op’s new outdoor power equipment rebate program, which also includes rebates for electric trimmers and snow blowers.
Chances are, your current lawn mower is gas powered. While these traditional mowers can handle large areas of tall, thick, and even wet grass, they have some disadvantages. These include fumes, frequent maintenance, tough-to-start pull cords, and very noisy operation.
If you’ve been thinking about purchasing an electric mower but have heard that they don’t have the power or range you might need, you may want to take another look.
To Cord or Not to Cord
Corded mowers cost less to purchase than gas mowers and are great for small to medium-sized yards if you have easy access to an outlet and extension cord. If you have a larger yard, there are several cordless or semi-cordless, battery-powered models on the market. The lithium-ion batteries in the cordless models often work with the manufacturers’ lines of other power tools, such as leaf blowers, chainsaws, and trimmers. While it is generally true that corded electric mowers are more powerful, battery life is improving on battery-based mowers. One of the top-rated cordless mowers claims to have a 45-minute cut time and a rapid 30-minute charge time. Another handles yards up to 1/3 acre in a single charge and gives a boost of power when going up hills or cutting thick grass (Kobalt 80-volt cordless).
Electric lawnmowers are cheaper in the long run. According to a 10-year Consumer Reports report, over time an electric lawn mower will save you more money than a gas mower. The cost decreases even more for San Isabel Electric members who apply for a rebate. The rebate program is available on a first-come, first-serve basis providing a rebate for 25%, or up to $125, of the purchase cost of an electric lawnmower. Information about the co-op’s outdoor power equipment rebates, and rebate applications are available at siea.com/rebates.
Electric mowers are vastly eco-friendlier than gas models because they generate no tailpipe emissions, compared with gas engines, which emit carbon monoxide and unburned hydrocarbons. Therefore, switching to the electric option will not pollute the air, saving the Earth one mower at a time.
Many electric mowers also have the features you expect in a mower, such as mulching or bagging capabilities. You may also find add-ons such as LED headlights for working early or late in the day, solar charging, extra batteries included, and push-button starters. There are even electric-powered riding mowers, with Consumer Reports rating the Ryobi as performing on par with some good gas models, and you can charge your phone in the USB port while you mow.
On the con side, not all electric mowers have a self-propelling feature. Although, they are generally lighter than gas-powered mowers, and self-propelled electric mowers are often more expensive than gas-powered mowers. However, you will save money in maintenance.
As a not-for-profit cooperative utility, San Isabel Electric provides affordable, reliable electricity with exceptional service to communities throughout southern Colorado. Serving nearly 20,000 Member-owners and 24,000 meters, San Isabel Electric has been keeping the lights on since 1938. We don’t just serve communities. We are part of communities.