Falling Electric Lawn Mower Prices Help Austin Landscaping Company Go Green

AUSTIN (KXAN) — South Austin-based Green Earth Conservation Lawns is trying to do something different — using only battery-powered equipment like electric snowblowers and trimmers that charge on board of the truck.

Yes, even the largest riding mower only runs on batteries that charge in about four hours and can last up to two days of all-day mowing.

It’s not just the environmental benefits you’ll get by choosing electric mowers, but you’ll also notice a big reduction in noise pollution.

We spoke to one of Green Earth Conservation Lawn’s customers, Aaron Otstott, about the benefits of electric mowing.

“It’s so quiet. I work from home. He’s going to mow the lawn. I’m going to walk out and I’m like, ‘Wow, someone mowed the lawn, I didn’t even realize they were there,’” Otstott said.

But what about the price of the service?

“Oh, I’m sure it’s going to be more expensive, but it wasn’t. We didn’t have to spend a penny more than what we were doing for yard maintenance,” said Meena Matei, another GECL client.

Part of the reason the prices don’t differ is because the cost of the equipment compares well with gas-powered mowers, especially larger ones.

As the price of electric lawn mowers has come down in recent years, consumer reports stated that the break-even point for owning a battery-powered lawn mower is 1.4 years, after which it becomes cheaper to own a battery-powered lawn mower compared to a gas-powered lawn mower.

“We have a 33 inch deck. It’s a bit more expensive than some of these smaller mowers, so there’s an upfront cost with some of the rigs. The biggest platforms? We are here,” said Barry Fassauer, president of Green Earth Conservation Lawns.

Fassauer hopes other lawn care businesses will also go electric. He plans to make his business even greener, adding solar power for charging and electric trucks to move from lawn to lawn. He also uses only organic fertilizers on the lawns his team tends.

So far, it’s a business model that works with a message that resonates.

“One small thing, one small change that we can make makes a big difference,” Matei said.

Source link