VEC launches new incentives for purchase of e-mowers

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VEC launches new incentives for purchase of e-mowers

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 3:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) is offering a new bill credit for members purchasing electric lawn mowers. The new incentive, which adds to the list of several other VEC Energy Transformation Program incentives, takes the form of a bill credit of $1,000 for the purchase of commercial grade electric lawn mowers and $50 for the purchase of residential grade mowers.

Mower purchases made on or after May 11, 2019 are eligible for the bill credits.

While electric lawn mowers can be more expensive to buy than gasoline powered mowers, they are generally less expensive to run. Users of electric mowers also avoid the hassles associated with buying, transporting, storing and disposing of gasoline and changing engine oil and spark plugs.  Electric mowers are also much quieter and don’t pollute the air when they are running. Most of today’s electric mowers are cordless, and run on rechargeable batteries. Others require a cord that plugs into a household outlet.

“As the technology continues to improve, electric mowers represent an increasingly attractive option for that time-honored, summertime chore - cutting the grass,” said Jake Brown, energy services planner at VEC.

Electric mowers may be attractive for some home owners, but might offer even more value for landscaping companies, municipalities, and institutions like college and university campuses and hospitals, for example, where the fuel savings that electricity offers over gasoline can be maximized.

VEC offers bill credits for purchases of a range of products, including: all-electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, cold climate heat pumps, pellet stoves, heat pump water heaters, electric vehicle charging stations, electric forklifts, and Zero Energy Modular (ZEM) homes. VEC also offers customized opportunities for members with off-grid or underserved homes or businesses to replace fossil fuel usage with electricity.

Learn more about all of these opportunities on VEC's https://www.vermontelectric.coop/programs-services/energy-transformation-programs  or by calling 1-800-832-2667.

The VEC incentives are in addition to other qualified incentives or rebates, including incentives from Efficiency Vermont.

About Vermont Electric Cooperative

Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC), established in 1938, is a non-profit, member-owned electric distribution utility that provides safe, affordable, and reliable electric service to approximately 32,000 members in 75 communities in northern Vermont. Nationally recognized for innovative and advanced use of technology, VEC is the largest locally-owned electric distribution utility in Vermont.

Source: Johnson, Vt – The Vermont Electric Cooperative 6.10.2019  www.vermontelectric.coop