Electric Mower Rebates Now Available in Yolo and Solano Counties

MARCH 4, 2013 -- The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District (AQMD) today launched its 2013 Yolo-Solano Mower Exchange.

Under the program, residents who trade in a gas-powered lawn mower and purchase a new eligible electric mower will receive $120 rebates. Residents can choose from 29 eligible models made by 10 different brands. Participants can purchase their new mowers in local stores or online.

To participate, fill out the form at ysaqmd.org/mowers or call (530) 757-3657. A packet including the forms necessary to participate will be mailed to you.

Only 250 rebates are available for the two counties. The program typically sells out its allotment. Voucher requests are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Vouchers will also be available at an information event at Home Depot in Woodland on March 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. Info on additional events can be found at facebook.com/YoloSolanoAir.

Thanks to funding from the Bay Area AQMD, all residents of Solano County will be eligible for the program in addition to Yolo County residents. Additional funding for the program is provided by the California Air Resources Board.

Gas-powered lawn and garden equipment contributes to air pollution. Studies show that exposure to air pollution can lead to serious health impacts, including lung ailments and increased risk for heart disease.

The mower exchange is both a way to protect neighbors’ health and to save money, said Mat Ehrhardt, executive director of Yolo-Solano AQMD.

"With our $120 rebate, you can get a new electric mower for cheaper than a comparable gas-powered mower," Ehrhardt said. "In addition to that, you won't need to buy gas to mow your lawn and you'll smell only fresh-cut grass, not fumes."

Questions on the program should be directed to Tom Hall at (530) 757-3657 or thall@ysaqmd.org.

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