|Project: No Idling Campaign|
Effective June 2007- The Town of Putney Selectboard has approved a no idling resolution that limits idling to two minutes. For the full text is at http://energy.putney.net/files/docs/anti_idling.doc PEC has designed signs and deployed them around town and at the schools.
Effective June 2007- The Town of Putney Selectboard has approved a no idling resolution that limits idling to two minutes.
For the full text is at http://energy.putney.net/files/docs/anti_idling.doc
PEC has designed signs and deployed them around town and at the schools.
IDLING WASTES FUEL
In this time of ever increasing gas prices, needless idling burns our hard earned dollars through the exhaust pipe. An idling vehicle gets 0 miles to the gallon. And remember that fossil fuels are being depleted in the face of ever increasing world demand. Why are gas prices so high, because of the demand world wide, useless and it costs less.
So how long should a parked vehicle be allowed to idle?
Once warm; Any more than 10
seconds of idling uses more fuel than is required to restart the engine.
However, the break-even time to offset any potential incremental maintenance
costs to the starter or battery is 30 seconds based on current fuel prices.
- There are more than 550,000 Vermont Car and Trucks (registrations in 2008). If every Vermont vehicle reduced their idling by five minutes/day, the total CO2 emissions reduction could exceed 62,000tons/year.
- Vermont's transportation greenhouse gas emissions, on a per capita basis, are nearly double the U.S. average: 46% to 26%. Reduction of unnecessary idling can have a significant positive impact on this figure.
An average school bus uses ½ gallon of diesel fuel for each hour of idling
On average a car idling for 10 minutes uses as much fuel as it takes to travel 5 miles and uses more than 27 gallons of fuel a year idling.
IDLING EMISSIONS CAN AFFECT RESPIRATORY HEALTHVehicle exhaust is the leading source of hazardous air pollution, which has
been linked to CANCER, HEART AND LUNG
DISEASES. Vehicle exhaust contains harmful volatile organic
compounds (VOC), particulate matter (PM), nitrogen oxides (NOx), carbon
monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases, which
contribute to urban smog, acid rain and other air-quality problems.
IDLING IS NOISY
Idling can actually damage engines because when you idle your engine is running slowly, if your engine is old, the oil pressure might be low enough at idle to cause oil starvation, a condition that actually causes increased wear on all engine parts. Also the engine is operating below peak (or normal) operating temperatures, this causes incomplete combustion and more harmful pollutants to be released into the air. Fuel residues can condense on cylinder walls, contaminate oil and damage engine components. With more idling these residues tend to deposit on spark plugs. The resulting plug fouling can increase fuel consumption by five percent. Excessive idling can also cause water to condense in the exhaust system. This can lead to corrosion and reduce the life of the exhaust system
IDLING REDUCTION IS A STATE LAW
ACT 48--An Act Relating to the Idling of
Motor Vehicle Engines on School Property--passed in the 2007 Vermont
legislative session and was signed into law by Governor Jim Douglas on
May 25. As a result, the school students of Vermont, and all
Vermonters, will benefit from cleaner air, reduction of tons of
greenhouse gas emissions, and financial savings in the form of fuel
saved and the lessening of engine wear-and-tear. This has been made
possible through the efforts of grassroots activists (raising awareness
and garnering media exposure), health and environmental lobbyists,
hardworking legislators, and the emergence in mid-2006 of the climate
change issue into the mainstream. Although Idle-Free VT advocates an
all motor vehicle idle-reduction law, this a significant first step.
Visit the Legislative page for details on idling legislation. Under Vermont's unattended motor vehicles law, it is a violation to idle a vehicle while unattended in public.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Avoid using a remote vehicle starterRemote starters encourage unnecessary idling. Consider an engine block heater instead. This will help your engine warm up faster, and provide heat sooner. Limit your warm-up time to 5 min., driving the car in the winter is the best way to warm it up. START YOUR OWN NO-IDLING CAMPAIGN
Talk to your friends about the issues, talk to the neighbors that idle.
Write letters to the local newspapers.Visit the following web sites and distribute pamphlets on no idling;
Sample no idling resolution
These signs below are a collection from around the net. Perhaps your town would like to start it's own program.