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ELECTRIC LAWN MOWER CUTS GRASS, NOISE AND AIR POLLUTION

 CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Electric lawn care products that help preserve the environment will be available at Duke Power's merchandising stores throughout the Piedmont Carolinas beginning the first week in March.
 Duke Power Merchandising will offer consumers rechargeable, battery-powered lawn and garden equipment from Ryobi Corp., based in Anderson, S.C. Ryobi's cordless electric landscaping product line includes a mulching electric lawn mower (the "Mulchinator"), edgers, vacuums, blowers and hedge trimmers.
 "Gasoline-powered lawn mowers in the United States produce as much air pollution each year as 3.5 million new cars," said John Langston, manager of purchasing and distribution for Duke Merchandising. "Battery-powered electric lawn mowers, however, have zero emissions at point of use."
 The Mulchinator also provides a practical solution to the landfill issue. Because it cuts grass clippings into very fine particles that decompose in seven to ten days, the Mulchinator eliminates the need to dispose of yard waste in landfills. Instead, it fertilizes lawns with vital nutrients.
 Duke Merchandising says it encourages the use of electric lawn mowers not only because of their environmental benefits, but also because they are easier to operate and offer more safety features than conventional gas mowers.
 The Mulchinator is maintenance-free. The unit comes fully assembled and requires no oil, gas, starter ropes or tune-ups. It weighs less than most gas-powered units and starts with the touch of a button. Electric lawn care products also eliminates the need to store gasoline around the house or garage.
 Duke Power estimates that the Mulchinator will use about $3.75 in electricity per year. Batteries for the electric lawn mowers are expected to last seven years and are recyclable.
 "We believe that electric lawn care products will revolutionize the landscaping industry and provide new opportunities for improving air quality," said Langston.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: Call for local Duke Merchandising information/
 /CONTACT: Marianna Mason of Duke Power Co., 704-382-8374, or (home) 704-334-1906/
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