POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- Tom Andersen, a town resident, gives information on leaf blowers and how it effects the environment.
One good way of reducing our carbon footprint is to limit our use of leaf blowers. Testing by the respected Edmunds car research firm showed that under normal use, a leaf blower emits almost 300 times the amount of global warming-causing hydrocarbons as a pickup truck and 93 times the amount of a sedan.
Cutting back on leaf blower use will also make our neighborhoods quieter and reduce a source of airborne dust and particles that can trigger asthma attacks, especially among children. Alternatives? Try raking or mulching leaves. Or use leaf blowers once a month instead of every week.