The Valley Air District is looking to make lawn care maintenance a bit easier on people’s wallets by offering up to $50 back for purchasing electric lawn care equipment.
People residing in the District can get the rebate by saving the receipt and filling out the application online. Additionally, the District is offering up to $250 back on the purchase of an electric lawn mower in exchange for on old gas-powered lawn mower.
“With gas prices at record highs, swapping out your old gas-powered lawn care tools for electric ones is a great way to help improve air quality and save money”, stated Samir Sheik, Valley Air District Executive Director/Air Pollution Control Officer. “The District has several great grants programs that financially assist Valley residents in making air-friendly choices in their daily lives.”
Gas-powered yard care equipment presents a significant source of localized air pollution in Valley neighborhoods. These small engines contain no emission controls and pollute substantially more than newer passenger vehicles. One gas mower produces the equivalent in emissions of 12 late-model cars operating for the same time, according to the District.
The rebate program has two options. The first is for the purchase of new lawn care equipment, with no old equipment being destroyed. For equipment $100 or less, a rebate up to $25 is available. For purchases over $100, a rebate up to $50 is available.
The second option is for the purchase of new electric lawn mower and the destruction of an old gas-powered mower. It offers a rebate up to $100 for purchases up to $200; $150 for purchases between $201 to $350; and $250 for a purchase over $350.
The equipment eligible for the rebates include mowers, chainsaws, edgers, trimmers, and pole saws.
Interested Valley residents should visit www.valleyair.org/CGYM for program guidelines and an application before purchasing new equipment.