Earth Day 2001: Make A Change

Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from American Lawn Mower Company/Great States Corporation

    SHELBYVILLE, Ind., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Think your daily habits don't
 affect the environment?  Think again. Burning fossil fuels to produce the
 energy that heats our homes, runs our cars, grills our food and propels our
 lawn mowers, releases carbon dioxide and other harmful gases into the
 atmosphere.
     The emission of carbon dioxide causes ozone, the major component of smog.
 Ozone is harmful, and the EPA and American Lung Association warn that
 ground-level ozone, a severe irritant, damages lung tissue and inflames
 breathing passages, which aggravates respiratory disease, increases
 susceptibility to infection, and even causes headaches, eye irritation,
 coughing and chest pain.
     According to the U.S. Department of Energy, on average, 16 million tons of
 carbon dioxide are emitted into the atmosphere every 24 hours by human use
 worldwide.  If every person made just one change in his or her daily habits to
 reduce the amount of fossil fuel burned, we would drastically reduce
 pollution.
     Making a change can be as easy as turning the temperature on the water
 heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and wrapping it in an insulation
 "jacket." Jackets are available at hardware stores and reduce the energy
 needed to keep water warm.
 
     Fact:   120 degrees Fahrenheit is more than sufficient for household hot
             water needs.
 
     Employers are becoming more flexible.  By working four 10-hour days or
 working from home one day a week, a person would commute less and become part
 of the pollution solution.  On this kind of work schedule, a person would
 commute up to 50 fewer days a year.
 
     Fact:   If your car gets 20 miles per gallon, you produce one pound of
             carbon dioxide for every mile you drive.
 
     Try cutting grass the clean, traditional way by using a reel,
 people-powered mower, suggests American Lawn Mower Company/Great States
 Corporation, the largest and oldest manufacturer of reel, push-type mowers.
 Reel mowers require no fuel, emit no fumes, and today's models are lightweight
 and easy to push and maintain.  As an added benefit, reel mowers cost less and
 provide a better cut than their engine-powered counterparts.
 
     Fact:   Walk-behind gas-powered lawn mowers emit twice the hydrocarbons, a
             major contributor to ozone, as two typical automobiles in one
             hour.
 
     American Lawn Mower Company/Great States Corporation encourages awareness
 on the impact lawn mowers have on ozone pollution and air.  For more
 information, call 1-800-633-1501.
 
 

SOURCE American Lawn Mower Company/Great States Corporation
    SHELBYVILLE, Ind., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Think your daily habits don't
 affect the environment?  Think again. Burning fossil fuels to produce the
 energy that heats our homes, runs our cars, grills our food and propels our
 lawn mowers, releases carbon dioxide and other harmful gases into the
 atmosphere.
     The emission of carbon dioxide causes ozone, the major component of smog.
 Ozone is harmful, and the EPA and American Lung Association warn that
 ground-level ozone, a severe irritant, damages lung tissue and inflames
 breathing passages, which aggravates respiratory disease, increases
 susceptibility to infection, and even causes headaches, eye irritation,
 coughing and chest pain.
     According to the U.S. Department of Energy, on average, 16 million tons of
 carbon dioxide are emitted into the atmosphere every 24 hours by human use
 worldwide.  If every person made just one change in his or her daily habits to
 reduce the amount of fossil fuel burned, we would drastically reduce
 pollution.
     Making a change can be as easy as turning the temperature on the water
 heater down to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and wrapping it in an insulation
 "jacket." Jackets are available at hardware stores and reduce the energy
 needed to keep water warm.
 
     Fact:   120 degrees Fahrenheit is more than sufficient for household hot
             water needs.
 
     Employers are becoming more flexible.  By working four 10-hour days or
 working from home one day a week, a person would commute less and become part
 of the pollution solution.  On this kind of work schedule, a person would
 commute up to 50 fewer days a year.
 
     Fact:   If your car gets 20 miles per gallon, you produce one pound of
             carbon dioxide for every mile you drive.
 
     Try cutting grass the clean, traditional way by using a reel,
 people-powered mower, suggests American Lawn Mower Company/Great States
 Corporation, the largest and oldest manufacturer of reel, push-type mowers.
 Reel mowers require no fuel, emit no fumes, and today's models are lightweight
 and easy to push and maintain.  As an added benefit, reel mowers cost less and
 provide a better cut than their engine-powered counterparts.
 
     Fact:   Walk-behind gas-powered lawn mowers emit twice the hydrocarbons, a
             major contributor to ozone, as two typical automobiles in one
             hour.
 
     American Lawn Mower Company/Great States Corporation encourages awareness
 on the impact lawn mowers have on ozone pollution and air.  For more
 information, call 1-800-633-1501.
 
 SOURCE  American Lawn Mower Company/Great States Corporation