You may have seen the ECB's electric mower grant advertised lately (see here). In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the environmental impact of traditional petrol-powered mowers used within cricket clubs. With sustainability becoming a more significant concern in our society many cricket clubs are now considering the benefits of switching to electric mowers. Here are some of the benefits that cricket clubs can enjoy by making the switch to an electric mower in 2023.
Reduced Carbon Emissions
Petrol-powered mowers contribute to air pollution by releasing harmful greenhouse gases. Switching to electric mowers can reduce a cricket club's carbon footprint and contribute towards a cleaner environment. Electric mowers produce zero emissions at the point of use so there is harmful PM 2.5 particles for the operator to be breathing in.
Lower Operating Costs
Electric mowers have lower operating costs compared to traditional petrol-powered mowers. Petrol is becoming increasingly expensive and the cost of maintaining petrol-powered equipment can also be high. Electric mowers on the other hand are powered by rechargeable batteries.
Reduced Noise Pollution
Petrol-powered mowers are known for their loud noise levels which can be disruptive and annoying to nearby residents. Electric mowers are much quieter than petrol-powered mowers which makes them a better option for cricket clubs located in residential areas. The reduced noise pollution also makes it possible for clubs to mow their grounds early in the morning or late in the evening without disturbing the peace of those living nearby. Groundsmen can also cut during training sessions/ on pitches close to games being played without disturbance.
Easier to use
Electric mowers are generally much easier to use than petrol mowers. They require minimal maintenance and have fewer parts that need to be replaced over time. They are easier to start for elderly volunteers requiring no pull cords or choke mechanisms. Additionally, electric mowers are lighter in weight making them easier to manoeuvre and less strenuous on the user. Being easier to use in general is perfect for clubs that don't have a set groundsman.
Better Health and Safety
Electric mowers are safer to operate than petrol-powered mowers. They don't emit harmful fumes or produce hot exhaust pipes which can pose a health risk to operators.
In conclusion, switching from a petrol-powered mower to an electric mower can bring numerous benefits to cricket clubs. From reduced carbon emissions and lower operating costs to better health and safety, electric mowers offer an eco-friendly and efficient solution for maintaining high-quality cricket grounds. With more and more clubs recognising the benefits of electric mowers, it's clear that this is the way forward for cricket clubs looking to create a sustainable future.