Electric mowers move quickly

A fume-free, cordless electric lawn mower fits well with an eco-conscious man’s solar-powered home and hybrid car.

And it was a heck of a bargain, said Frank Tepper, 61, who was glad to trade in his gasoline mower and pay $99 for a spanking new electric model.

Tepper figures he’ll save money on fuel and spare his neighbors the noise and fumes from his old mower.

“We’re looking at ways to make everything sustainable,” the Henderson man said. “And this seems like a better way.”

Tepper was among the residents who eagerly swapped gasoline mowers for electric ones through a Clark County pilot program. The 1,000 available mowers were snatched up in two weeks, going more quickly than air quality officials expected.

One to three months seemed a realistic time for unloading that many mowers, said Robert Tekniepe, principal management analyst for the county’s Air Quality and Environmental Management Department.

“We had no idea in our wildest dreams that it would go out in two weeks,” Tekniepe said.

The trade-in was timed for summer. More intense sunlight and heat cause ozone, an odorless gas, to concentrate near the ground, where it can make breathing more difficult and inflame the lung tissue.

Running a gasoline mower for an hour spews pollution that’s equal to driving 43 late-model cars for the same period, according to federal studies.

There are no data to show how much air quality is improved by eliminating 1,000 or more petrol mowers, Tekniepe said. Nor is there any way to gauge whether removing these mowers brings the area’s ground-level ozone closer to federal standards.

But reducing mower emissions will certainly contribute to cleaner air and offset other pollution, such as smoke drifting into the valley from the California wildfires, Tekniepe said.

A $187,000 state grant made the $400 electric mowers available for $99 each from the manufacturer. Nevada Power has expressed interest in funding the program’s next phase but has yet to commit money, Tekniepe said.

“We know we will be participating on some level,” Nevada Power spokeswoman Chelsie Campbell said.

However, the company hasn’t decided how it will participate or whether it will provide funding, Campbell said.

L. Walker, a northwest valley resident, said he was about to buy a battery mower at full price from the same manufacturer that contracted with the county.

Then the program was launched, and he saved $300, Walker said. “It’s kind of ironic.”

An environmental engineer, Walker said he was already using an electric mower to cut his 1,500 square feet of grass, although that model had to be plugged in during use.

He said he likes not worrying about running over a cord.

“I’m convinced the program and the mower are pretty good,” Walker said.

Larry Lawson, 70, who lives in the east valley, said his motive for participating wasn’t purely green. Unless you count money.

His old mower was about to go kaput.

He admits he wouldn’t have dished out $400 for an electric mower, and he probably wouldn’t have swapped a brand-new gasoline mower.

Still, he says he’s happy to cut pollutants and avoid paying $4-plus in gasoline to mow his lawn, especially because the cordless machine does a good job.

“I don’t subscribe to Al Gore’s theory that we’re causing all the ozone problems,” Lawson said. “But we could all do better.”

Residents who made the trade dumped their old mowers at a north valley scrap yard run by AAEQ.

During the program’s first week, people dropped off 100 to 150 mowers a day, recalls Scott Stolberg, AAEQ’s president.

If the company signs on for a second round, he would ask the county to delete a buyer’s remorse clause that gives owners two weeks to retrieve their old mowers, Stolberg said.

Hundreds of mowers piled up, taking valuable space in the yard, he said. And there were no dissatisfied customers.

“Absolutely no one came in asking for them back,” Stolberg said.

Contact reporter Scott Wyland at swyland@reviewjournal.com or 702-455-4519.

ad-high_impact_4
News
NSPCA Gets Kittens From LA
Man killed during road-rage incident
Las Vegas police are looking for two men involved in the shooting death of a man outside a 7-Eleven story at Bonanza Road and Maryland Parkway on Nov. 12, 2018. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System hosts Veterans Day Car Show and BBQ
The 4th Annual Veterans Day Car Show and BBQ is held in celebration of Veterans Day at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System Medical Center in North Las Vegas, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Wildfires in Southern California
Wildfires hit Ventura County, Calif., on Nov. 9, 2018. (Richard Brian/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Dedication of Nevada's Battle Born memorial
The state of Nevada on Friday dedicated its Battle Born memorial honoring 895 state residents who have died in America’s wars.
Las Vegas police and Sunrise Children's Hospital hope to prevent infant deaths
The Metropolitan Police Department and Sunrise Children's Hospital held a press conference to get the message out on preventable infant deaths attributed to "co-sleeping" and other unsafe sleeping habits. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
No serious injuries after car hits tree in south Las Vegas
One person reported minor injuries but wasn’t hospitalized after a Wednesday morning crash in the south valley.
Nellis Air Force Base keeps airmen fed
Nellis Air Force Bass airmen have delicious and healthy food items, and a variety of dining facilities to choose from. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Suspicious package found at central Las Vegas post office
Las Vegas police determined that a suspicious package found Monday morning at a central valley post office was not a threat.
Suspicious package found at central Las Vegas post office
Police evacuated the area around the Garside Station post office early Monday morning near Oakey and Decatur boulevards.
With husband's passing, family in limbo for workers' comp claim
Meredith Tracy's husand, Russell Tracy, died more than a year ago on his first day working for a new company when he fell 22 feet into a manhole that was not properly safeguarded. His employer was fined $82,000 in penalties for unsafe practices, but the company has denied her workers' compensation claim, leaving her with no compensation since the death. Rachel Aston Las Vegas Review-Journal @rookie__rae
With husband's passing, family in limbo for workers' comp claim
Meredith Tracy's husand, Russell Tracy, died more than a year ago on his first day working for a new company when he fell 22 feet into a manhole that was not properly safeguarded. His employer was fined $82,000 in penalties for unsafe practices, but the company has denied her workers' compensation claim, leaving her with no compensation since the death. Rachel Aston Las Vegas Review-Journal @rookie__rae
Las Vegas family shares flu warning
Carlo and Brenda Occhipinti lost their son, Carlo Jr., or “Junior,” to the flu last year.
Author Randall Cannon shares an anecdote about Stadust Raceway
Author Randall Cannon shares an anecdote about Dan Blocker, who played Hoss Cartwright on the TV show "Bonanza," and the actor's passion for auto racing at Stardust International Raceway in Las Vegas during the 1960s. (Ron Kantowski/Las Vegas Review-Journal.)
Project Neon 85 percent complete
On Wednesday morning Oct. 31, Interstate 15 northbound lane restrictions were removed opening up Exit 41 to Charleston Blvd. On Thursday Nov. 1, Interstate 15 southbound lane restrictions were removed. The new southbound off-ramp to Sahara Ave. and Highland Dr. also opened Thursday, November 1. With Project Neon 85% finished the flow of traffic on Interstate 15 has substantially diminished. (Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Girl killed after jumping from bridge onto 215 Beltway in Henderson
Eastbound lanes of the 215 Beltway are shut down by the Nevada Highway Patrol after a female juvenile jumped from the 215 overpass at Stephanie and was struck by a FedEx tractor trailer. Michael Quine/Las Vegas Review-Journal @Vegas88s
Kristallnacht story
An interview with 94-year-old Holocaust survivor Alexander Kuechel who survived seven concentration camps and didn’t leave Germany until after World War II was over. (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
1 dead in central Las Vegas crash
An early Wednesday morning crash left at least one person dead and another injured. The crash was reported just around 3 a.m. at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Swenson Street. At least two vehicles were involved in the crash, one of which caught fire. Debris was scattered across the intersection as police combed the area as they investigated the scene. Flamingo is blocked in both directions between Swenson and Cambridge Street. Northbound Swenson is blocked at the intersection.
Richard Knoeppel named the 2018 Nevada Teacher of the Year
Richard Knoeppel, an architecture design instructor at the Advanced technologies Academy, named the 2018 Nevada Teacher of the Year on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfaye
Mojave Poppy Bees
(Zach Portman/University of Minnesota Department of Entomology) Male Mojave poppy bees exhibit territorial fighting behavior. The Center for Biological Diversity wants the bee, found only in Clark County, to be added to the endangered species list.
Clark County Schools announce random searches
Clark County School District middle and high school students will be subject to random searches for weapons under a new initiative to combat the wave of guns found on campus. (Amelia Pak-Harvey/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Ron Jeremy and Heidi Fleiss React to Dennis Hof's Death
Ron Jeremy and Heidi Fleiss speak about their friend and prominent brothel owner Dennis Hof's death at Dennis Hof's Love Ranch. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof has died
Nevada brothel owner and Republican candidate for Nevada State Assembly District 36, Dennis Hof has died. He was 72. Nye County Sherriff's office confirmed. Hof owned Love Ranch brothel, located in Crystal, Nevada.
Las Vegas police investigate suspicious package at shopping center
Las Vegas police evacuated a southeast valley shopping center at Flamingo and Sandhill roads early Tuesday morning while they investigated reports of a suspicious package. (Max Michor/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
The Las Vegas Metro hosts the K-9 Trials
The Las Vegas Metro K-9 Trials returns to the Orleans Arena to benefit the Friends For Las Vegas Police K-9 group.
Kingman residents love their little town
Residents of Kingman, Ariz. talk about how they ended up living in the Route 66 town, and what they love about their quiet community. (K.M. Cannon/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Service at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Twelve unclaimed veterans are honored at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City in Oct. 9, 2018. (Briana Erickson/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Las Vegas house prices reach highest level in 11 years
Las Vegas house prices are rising But so is the amount of available homes on the market Still, properties priced below $300,000 are selling fast And September was the first time since June 2007 that the median house price reached the $300,000 mark Las Vegas home prices have been rising at one of the fastest rates in the country over the past year Recent data show the market is now less affordable than the national average
National Night Out
About 100 Summerlin residents gathered at Park Centre Dr. in Summerlin on Tuesday for National Night Out. Lt. Joshua Bitsko with Las Vegas Metro, played with 3-year-old David who was dressed as a police officer. Face painting, fire truck tours and more kept kids busy as parents roamed behind them. (Mia Sims/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
Rural homeless issue comes to a head in Pahrump
On Sept. 12, Pahrump sheriff deputies told residents of a homeless encampment on private property that they had 15 minutes to vacate and grab their belongings. That decision might face some legal consequences. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)
TOP NEWS
News Headlines
ad-infeed_1
ads_infeed_2
Local Spotlight
Add Event
Home Front Page Footer Listing
Circular
You May Like

You May Like