At my parents for Christmas and they got about six inches of snow overnight and it's still coming down. My dad just came in from snow blowing with his gas powered unit and he reaks of exhaust. Made me more grateful for my Ego snow blower.
The other night I started my generator in the snow, one of the last gas things I own. That was PAINFUL. Oil, gas, fumes, smell, noise. There is a much better way and I think we've found it. If I can find an eco alternative, I'll take it. I know each person here uses Ego stuff for a different reason, but for me, it's all a pretty sweet package system.
I got home from my trip yesterday to find about 6" of snow cleared from my driveway and sidewalk by my wonderful neighbors. I know that doesn't sound like a lot to some people, but we don't usually get more than 3-4" at a time and haven't had at storm like this for years and I'm glad I got my snow blower. Unfortunately, they only have shovels so it was all manual labor. I just talked to my neighbor whose husband helped clear it and she said that at one point he gave up and went out to get a snow blower.....as did a lot of other people. All the area stores are now out of shovels, ice melt and snow blowers. Though I missed the storm and the majority of the snow, it snowed again this morning and so I took the opportunity to blow the snow off the sidewalk further down the street and get rid of the pile in front of our driveways. I had no problem with it, though it was working hard to get through the pile because the snow was well-packed and icy but I still had juice in the batteries when I got done and I was glad at how little time it took.