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VANCOUVER, B.C. – Yard maintenance is something many homeowners across the province are partaking in; however, a new BC Hydro survey says it’s unintentionally contributing to climate change.

The survey found that even though people are buying electric lawnmowers, trimmers, leaf blowers, and pressure washers, nearly 60 per cent of them are still using gas-powered equipment.

With spring and nice weather arriving — then leaving and arriving again, many British Columbians are starting yard work and landscaping. Around two-thirds of them plan to use electric or gas-powered equipment to get the job done, with 50 per cent of households using a lawnmower; of that, around 80 per cent use a gas lawnmower.

According to a Hydro release, gas-powered lawnmowers are inefficient and, on average, after one hour of use is equivalent to a pick-up truck driving 550 kilometres.

Since April 22nd is Earth Day, Hydro is encouraging customers to switch to electric models because their better for the environment, help to save money, low maintenance, lightweight, make less noise, and are comparable in price when purchasing.

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