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January 1, Attention Shoppers! Home Depot Announces Major Change



The retail landscape has seen its share of challenges between 2020 and 2023. Many retailers faced the brutal aftermath of a stagnant post-covid recovery, declining profit margins, and an unsettling uptick in retail crime.

This wave of theft, shoplifting, and property-related crimes has led to a phenomenon known as inventory shrink, the term used by the retail industry to describe the loss of goods due to theft or damage. The fallout from this wave of crime has been so severe that many stores have shut their doors for good.

However, amidst the turmoil, Home Depot has emerged as an exception. During a time when most were struggling, Home Depot thrived, primarily because people, stuck at home due to the pandemic, found it the perfect time to address those lingering home improvement tasks.

With the resurgence of homebuilding and construction activities in many parts of the U.S., Home Depot is leveraging its position and venturing into new frontiers to augment its growth.

Enter the renewable energy domain.

In a significant policy shift, Home Depot recently announced its ambitious plans to render its gas-powered tools nearly obsolete in the coming years. The company envisions replacing these with battery and electric-powered alternatives.

The majority of these gas-operated tools fall under the outdoor equipment category, which includes items like weedwackers, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and trimmers. Home Depot’s roadmap targets the transition of these tools to battery power by the close of 2028.

By that milestone, the company aims for an impressive 85% of its outdoor lawn equipment sales in the U.S. and Canada to be driven by rechargeable battery technology. The company projects this initiative will curtail greenhouse gas emissions by a whopping two million metric tons, thereby setting an eco-friendly precedent for other retailers.

To bring this vision to life, Home Depot is doubling down on its leadership in battery technology. The company has plans to showcase a more extensive range of battery-powered tools from prominent brands like Ryobi, Milwaukee, Makita, and DeWalt.

Several of these household names have shared their agenda to roll out more potent battery versions of their tools. Beyond the environmental benefits, Home Depot emphasizes that this transition to battery power also translates to “less noise, less maintenance and easier startups.”

To give some context to the environmental implications, a standard gas-powered lawn mower operating for an hour spews out emissions equivalent to a car journeying 300 miles. Similarly, an hour’s operation of a gas-powered leaf blower is akin to a car traversing a distance of 1,100 miles – that’s roughly the span from Los Angeles to Denver.

But this green transition isn’t without its considerations. Those planning to adopt these battery-powered tools will need to allocate space for chargers, outlets, and other related accessories. Moreover, there’s the looming question: will these battery tools match the power and efficiency of their gas-powered counterparts?

Addressing such concerns, Home Depot, along with its partners, has voiced its commitment to “building rechargeable tools that deliver the power that customers have come to expect from gas-powered equipment and the run times they need to complete a job.”

As our loyal readers, we encourage you to share your thoughts and opinions on this issue. Let your voice be heard and join the discussion below.




  1. Michael Wille

    October 7, 2023 at 7:11 pm

    I guess Lowe’s will be my store from now on…

    • Sylvia Hire

      October 7, 2023 at 10:20 pm


    • mike

      October 21, 2023 at 1:02 pm

      thats where i shop already!

    • Steven

      October 21, 2023 at 3:37 pm

      You think Lowe’s isn’t falling for the same BS?

  2. Marly

    October 7, 2023 at 7:21 pm

    I bought a battery lawnmower, weedwacker and hedge trimmer. out of the three only the lawnmower can only mow a lawn that is still realativly short. If I need to mow a 3 week growth I have to bring out the gas mower. I think lawn mowers and large chain saws, also large generators will not function without gas power.

    • mike

      October 21, 2023 at 1:03 pm

      why on earth would you do such a thing!?!?!

  3. Jean Blankenship

    October 7, 2023 at 7:24 pm

    Where will the batteries for thes equipment items be made? in the USA or China? I would hope the change over would not take place unless the batteries are made in the USA.

    • Old Patriot

      October 8, 2023 at 8:36 am

      The CCP will make them

  4. James F White

    October 7, 2023 at 7:27 pm

    I think the 1 hr mower = 300 miles of a car cannot be correct. Not I just bought a battery power string trimmer about a month ago and I need to change battery 2 times that is it takes the power of 3 full charged batteries to do the same work as less than a pint of gas. Question is what is the emissions of the electric generator plant?

  5. Red

    October 7, 2023 at 7:27 pm

    Why do companies think it’s important to follow leftist agendas, green or not green? They LIKE communism????

  6. James F White

    October 7, 2023 at 7:30 pm

    Someone should do a real life cycle analysis to determine if there is any benefit of electric yard tools. Btw.. there is NO CLIMATE EMERGENCY. Look at all the scientific evidence and not just media and govt hype.

    • Deacon

      October 21, 2023 at 12:10 pm

      Exactly. The climate hoax is created by democrats seeking power and wealth. When God created the earth He certainly knew how the population would grow from just Adam and Eve to over 7 billion people. The earth has gone through periods of extreme heat and extreme cold even before there were enough people to affect the climate. Climate has always changed as the Lord created it.

    • Steven

      October 21, 2023 at 3:40 pm

      They have. SO CALLED “green” tools are LESS “green” than gas powered tools by the standards claimed by “green” activists.

  7. Darryl Seeley

    October 7, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    I believe it’s a good idea!
    But just like auto industry electric cars, government saying the same thing .we don’t have enough charging stations , don’t have enough material to make Batteries. Same with manufactures like Ryobi, Milwaukee, Makita, and DeWalt will have to gear up and re-tool for all electric equipment this means new production lines for all this equipment .NEVER Happen.!!! TO MUCH MONEY. If they do I can’t wait to see HOW our electric Grid going to handle this one on top of every one charging cars, outside equipment.

  8. Tim Martin

    October 7, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    Guess I’m done shopping at Home Depot

  9. Norris

    October 7, 2023 at 8:18 pm

    I don’t know who came up with these stats, but what ever they are smoking, I want some of it. My pickup uses about about 16gals. of gas for my pick up to go 300 miles, and about 5 hrs. run time. My zero turn uses 1 gal. per hr. so that would be 5gals. So you’re saying my truck will put out less emissions on 16gal. of gas than my two cylinder lawn mower on 6 gals? I don’t think so. Better yet, it will take 61gal. of gas for my truck to go 1,100 miles,(LA to Denver) and about 16 hours of run time. My leaf blower uses about 1 qt. of gas per hour. So, 16hr. run time it would use 4 gals. of gas. So, my truck using 61gals. of gas will put out less emissions than my leaf blower using 4gals. of gas? This article has all the ear marks of the Liberals “Green Agenda” BS so if Home Depot is buying into this load of crap, well, it will be Lowe’s for me from now on.

  10. Elwin P Valberg

    October 7, 2023 at 8:34 pm

    I cannot imagine how the future will fall out, but if Home Depot wants to plan to be competitive I am all for it. We have made a size able purchase this year and it was shipped and arrived fine. The installation was professionally done and on schedule. The item is working fine. We will shop again when the time is for us.

    • Deacon

      October 21, 2023 at 12:47 pm

      I spoke to a Lowe’s employee and he said the problem on pricing and availability was due to the fact that Lowe’s outsourced their purchasing to third party suppliers. This caused higher prices and less availability. I’ll gladly stick with Home Depot.

    • Deacon

      October 21, 2023 at 12:55 pm

      Misread the article. Tried to delete but couldn’t find a way to do it. Please ignore my original comment.

  11. Tammy

    October 7, 2023 at 8:48 pm

    There is nothing mentioned in the Bible about climate change. We are brainwashed to buy new equipment. We can’t afford. I don’t need anymore charging cords. It’s bad enough I remember where i laid my phone cord.


      October 8, 2023 at 3:46 am

      In your case, brainwashing is not necessary. A light rinse will do the job.

      • Michbc3

        October 8, 2023 at 7:46 am

        So you’re attacking religion? Why is it that so many cowards feel free to attack Christians, but not Muslims?

      • Steven

        October 21, 2023 at 3:47 pm


        You fail to exhibit you have anything to clean.

  12. Ken

    October 7, 2023 at 8:53 pm

    Where is all the electricity coming from to power these battery operated devices. No more gas stove, gas water heaters, gas cars, gas or diesel trucks. No coal fired electric power plants. Only in the USA? Are we crazy.

  13. Ken

    October 7, 2023 at 8:55 pm

    What are we going to do with all the dead batteries.

    • James M Stone

      October 7, 2023 at 10:31 pm

      That’s my question too Ken! It appears to we are fixing to pollute the ground and water supply a lot more than we are the air from gasoline usage. It’s all a ‘control’ stunt by the radical left!

  14. Ej

    October 7, 2023 at 8:58 pm

    You can always tell a writer with an agenda when they use “spews”. They are spewing lies.They are just another green whore who will do what they are told, not what consumers want. They were not closed during COVID were they? The “green” movement is the green they can line their pockets and portfolios with. Mark my words, once they have everything electric they will discover some new crisis that never occured to them.

  15. Kenneth Thompson

    October 7, 2023 at 9:03 pm

    HOME DEPOT has lost my business as well, their going WOKE just like all the rest of the climate change HOAXERS.

  16. Diane C

    October 7, 2023 at 9:15 pm

    I am ok with the change over provided that you will continue to rent electric powered hedge trimmers and electric powered tools of all kinds and that those rented tools will perform as well as the current gas tools do. Obviously switching to electric battery powered tools will mean that your company will need to make sure that rented tools are working and are fully charged with necessary electric battery power so that home maintenance tasks and gardening needs will continue to be possible. You will as a corporation need to factor in the cost of electrical charges to your battery powered rental home maintenance tools as there are significant numbers of your customers who need to rent items such as hedge trimmers and leaf blowers and will not buy the entire tool outright because of the fact that these items are not used regularly and take up storage space in residential units where the storage of such items will be a detriment to residential renters/tenants. Be sure that your company flexes as you also want the customers of your corporation to flex toward this new standard. Your corporation has responsibility to provide the same tools with battery power in tact as you now provide in gas model units. Otherwise, your usefulness to your customers who rent such items from your company will cease to exist and your business will be impacted because of its inability to provide rental tools with sufficient battery powered electrical charges.

  17. 1PatriotForever

    October 7, 2023 at 9:25 pm

    Home Depot just shot itself in the tool bag.
    People who do Big jobs or have big yards need gas powered tools.
    Batteries are great when you have 3 or 4 to do a big job, but they arent as powerful depending on the tool.
    Too Bad killed by stupidity

  18. Robert

    October 7, 2023 at 10:14 pm

    The people who are pushing for renewable enery are not looking at the enery for getting rid of the waist product of making these batteries and solar panels. The waist alone is far worse than the socalled gas engines, which polutes the earth more.

    • Robert

      October 7, 2023 at 10:22 pm

      The whole renewable enery thing is another scame the left has pushed om us.
      Along with “Climate Change”, The only change is the additude of the people who want to control us by getting us to buy more exspencive things we don’t need!

  19. mike

    October 7, 2023 at 10:28 pm

    I have 12 archers with a fence that runs around the property and Electric weed whacker will not work I had one and it did not work
    I would need 12 batteries at best
    it’s bad enough a gas weed whacker uses 3 tanks of fuel
    I have to use 2 spools every time I use if
    it’s that or Roundup

  20. Rich

    October 7, 2023 at 11:35 pm

    Buh-bye Home Depot! Have you really missed the memo, “Go woke, go broke”?

    • Ed

      October 8, 2023 at 7:51 am

      My first comment was not posted. It must have been too blunt. Start thinking big. The last centuries’ wealthy were created on energy, Rockefellers, etc. The green plan is just that a way for politicians and big line their portfolios with green. This store was allowed to stay open while the govt crushed it’s small competitors. Now, they are being forced, ( like GM) to go green. It is all about payola. The planet is just fine. “Saving the Planet” by George Carlin.

  21. Jerry C.

    October 8, 2023 at 3:31 am

    So a gallon of gas burned in a lawnmower produces more emissions than a full tank of gas in a car and burning less than that gallon in a leaf blower more than triples the emissions to the equivalent of almost 4 tanks of gas? Some lefties better stop huffing that gas before they do math! And, of course, the electricity to charge batteries just magically appears in the wires, right? Yeah, it’s not like it’s produced by great big powerplants burning fossil fuels… Climate Change is real but WE didn’t do it: it’s a natural cyclical process that the Earth has gone through many, many times from long before we ever existed and will continue to go through long after we cease to exist. We may be contributing A LITTLE to it but our “contribution” will really be negligible. It might hit its plateau a few years sooner, be a couple degrees hotter, and last a few years longer because of us but these cycles naturally last from decades to centuries. Eventually it runs back the other way into an ice age. We’ve just mostly been enjoying the in-between time on the way back up the climate hill. Only idiots buy electric cars! Hybrids, yes, but plug-in electrics for everyone on a national grid that can’t even handle current loads when people need their air conditioners? “Oh crap! I ran out of juice! I’ll just take this can and walk a couple miles to the charging station and get a gallon of electricity to take back so I can make it to the station…”

  22. jeff chasalow

    October 8, 2023 at 8:44 am

    Are they out of they’re minds?? Where do they think that the electric power will come from? There isn’t enough wind and solar to keep us going. At the very worst, go to gas (not gasolene.)

  23. Ron

    October 8, 2023 at 9:34 am

    I wish I could believe what the news tells us. We have been lied to by our government. I’m staying with my gas tools. When its low on gas I fill it up and keep going. I don’t want to wait for a battery to charge. I could have five batteries but one charger, or buy more chargers, but still, you have to get power to charge those chargers. I knew of two power plants in Florida. One plant uses coal and the other uses fuel oil. A third plant uses nuclear power. If the government is concerned about pollution, what about the other countries that don’t care. When there was a terrible storm in Japan years ago, we had their debris washing up on our shores. We are getting smoke from Canada’s fires. I don’t trust our government leaders.

  24. James millican

    October 8, 2023 at 1:06 pm

    It seams that this company doesn’t understand that the Woke ideology is not working. They will soon find out. It will manifest itself in sales and their stock price. And it will be rapid. A company that attempts to dictate what its customers will buy is misguided.

  25. Lisa

    October 8, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    Well they lost our business Lowes it is ..I have always liked Lowes better anyway..They do not have a clue how many customers they will lose because of this…Say hi to Budweiser you will be right along with those idiots for different reasons but still losing…..NO CUSTOMERS

  26. Jim

    October 8, 2023 at 9:08 pm

    the battery powered tools that I am familiar with won’t cut it for lawn maintenance. This is a baaaaad move by HD.

  27. Marsha Ponzar

    October 9, 2023 at 7:35 am

    The data cited in this article is total nonsense. We have clean oil and gas that is not damaging the environment. Hussien Obama and his ilk have had all of the dissenting scientific data quashed. What we have left is woke BS designed to make us dependent on China–where the batteries are made. Also in Africa where children are exploited to dig, and China owns the mines. The undependable Chinese made windmills over running the US are killing our American eagles, flying wildlife, and whales. I wont support any store who stupidly supports this CCP idiocy.
    Its Lowes for me from now on. Time to “Bud Light” them.

  28. Jon H

    October 9, 2023 at 9:01 am

    Stop using cars, people, and cows to liken “climate change” and start using private and commercial aircraft! So We the People can have a much better understanding.
    How much of the overseas, hand-delivered payments to other countries do these EVs cover??!

  29. LT

    October 9, 2023 at 2:32 pm

    I agree with most posts here. Bad move by what used to be one of my favorite stores 🙁

  30. kev

    October 9, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    300-miles in a fossil-fuel-burning vehicle being an equivalent to 1-hour with a fossil-fuel burning lawnmower? Absolute outright untruth. In the real world of logical people, we call it a “lie”. Just like Liberty Safes and Budweiser, goodbye Depot!

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