The Ten Stones Village Association is located in Charlotte, Vermont and consists of 16 households. Since 2019, the community has shared the ownership of a battery-electric, 60-inch zero-turn mower. This mower is used by residents to mow the lawns of private lots, as well as about 5 acres of common land including a central “green”, a community garden, a few small orchards, and about a mile of walking paths. The original cost of the mower and replacement blades was shared among all the residents. After each use, it’s required that the mower deck be cleaned of any accumulated grass to maintain optimal operating efficiency and cut quality. Additionally, one community member volunteers to sharpen the blades about every 20-30 hours of use.
The community has found that using an electric mower has:
- Reduced the costs associated with servicing, repair, and fuel by about $1,000 annually compared to their previous gas mower.
- Improved the quality of life since the electric mower is so much quieter.
- Allowed residents to feel good about the fact that their mowing activities are no longer causing air pollution from harmful tail-pipe emissions, are no longer consuming about 100 gallons of fossil fuel annually, and are no longer generating about 2,000 lbs of greenhouse gas emissions associated with burning that fuel.