Money for Your Mower

If it's time to update your mower, consider a tax credit. (Photo: Cindy Shebley [CC BY 2.0]/Flickr)

If you gotta mow, you gotta mow. But if you hold off for a spell, you may be eligible for a 25 percent tax credit, up to $1,000, when purchasing a low or no-emission, energy-efficient lawn mower.

According to The Wall Street Journal, three congressional delegates from Vermont created legislation — “The Greener Gardens Act" — last month that aims to reward consumers purchasing eco-friendly lawn and garden power tools. If it passes, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute-endorsed bill will provide “immediate incentive for people to purchase clean, alternative fuel engines that ... operate on little or no fossil fuel.” More specifically:

"Qualifying equipment would include that powered by a motor drawing current from solar, electricity or rechargeable or replacement batteries, as well as equipment run off other alternatives to gasoline – such as propane or compressed natural gas. It would also include “hybrid” machines whose cutting systems are powered by a generator or electrical storage device combines with a small engine."

Totally cool. In my household, lawn mowers, weed whackers, hedge trimmers, and the like were always popular Father’s Day gifts. With Dad’s Day on the horizon, you may want write Dad an IOU, save a few bucks, and wait until the bill passes (knock on FSC-certified wood). Lowered air pollution = the gift that keeps on giving.

Via [WSJ] via [The Daily Green]