Snowblowers contribute equal emissions as refineries, officials say

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – People run their snowblowers for an average of eight hours per winter, and that usage adds up.

“During an average winter season, someone uses their snow blower about 8 hours. The equivalent vehicle miles traveled for that, is 2700 miles. That’s like driving from Los Angeles to Miami. It’s a lot of miles; if we can remove those out of our air shed, we’re doing good work,” said Thom Carter, Executive Director of Utah Clean Air Partnership.

According to the Department of Environmental Quality, using a 4-stroke gas powered snow blower, for just an hour, can emit the same amount of pollutants as driving your car 339 miles.

“Instead of using a gas powered snow blower, look to switch to an electric-powered snowblower. Or, even better, go to a shovel,” said Carter.

More information on how you can improve Utah’s air quality can be found at

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