A lawnmower that doesn't need gas?

By: Alana Greenfogel Email
By: Alana Greenfogel Email

Some things in life, you'd like to see go up.

Your kids' grades. Your IQ. Certainly your income.

And then, other things would be welcomed to come down.

Maybe your weight. Crime. Most definitely, gas prices.

But until that happens, folks are finding ways to save on gas, and in turn, save their piggy banks.

When we talk about filling up the tank, we're usually talking about your car. But how about the small things? Like the lawnmower? Those things add up too.

At Notre Dame's Warren Golf Course, about 900 gallons of diesel and 1,800 gallons of unleaded fuel are used in three months. If you punch in the national price of gas, that comes to $12,000.

While your lawn is most likely a fraction of the 87 acre course, you get the point. It's costing folks more and more mullah just to have a manicured lawn.

That's where Robomow comes in.

Robomow is exactly what it sounds like--a robot that mows the lawn.

"The great thing about this, is there's no gas to buy," says Keith Nicolini, Granger, who sells the devices.

"It's battery powered which means it doesn't emit any kind of pollution," Nicolini. "Five percent of all carbon emissions in the United States are caused by traditional gas-powered lawn mowers. Five percent. That's a lot. You're talking tons and tons of CO2 being put into our atmosphere."

Nicolini says the device is self-sufficient. You don't even have to be home, but rather, just pre-program the Robomow and off it goes.

But like most things in life, there's no such thing as a free lunch. The gas-less, back-pain preventing, time-saving instrument costs between $1,400-1,800.

If you go middle range, that's 522 gallons of gas.

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