Very rarely does my husband ask to buy anything. (Ask him about the ever decreasing clarity of our “getting-old-TV” that he regularly tolerates and I’m sure he would agree.)
This Fall his wish list has one item… a leaf blower, and he’s hoping for my blessing. I’ll preface this with saying that our yard has a lot of trees. In fact, our entire neighborhood has a lot of trees and since we’re on a treed ravine, the leaves are endless.
My obvious concern is the “green factor” and what the usage of a leaf blower would negatively contribute. We’ve always tried to keep up with them by raking and raking and raking, but it sometimes seems like the Fall gets consumed with the task, and honestly, a blower would make it more efficient and much less time consuming.
So, in usual Mom Goes Green fashion, I set out to find the answer and here is what I discovered:
The combined emissions of ALL leaf blowers, residential AND commercial, used for one whole year are only EQUAL to the emissions created by all the cars driven on U.S. roads in only 11 hours of one singular day.
Now I know someone will say “Use a rake!” and yes, we will still use a rake. They are noisy (but we are not early morning people anyhow and will limit our use!) and we don’t put leaves in plastic bags, we push them into the ravine… but, truly, this puts it into perspective. If using that leaf blower creates such an extraordinarily minuscule amount of emissions, if it saves us time that could be spent on other things, if one less trip to drive and run errands offsets its usage AND it makes my husband happy(!) (and all those answers are “yes!”, by the way) then, guess what….
…Honey, you’re getting a leaf blower! (…and you can use yours without guilt too!)