In today’s tough economy, every dollar counts. Replacing a fleet of vehicles, or even just one, with a alternative fuel counterpart is not always an option. That's why part of th emission of Clean Cities is to educate and inform fleet owners of other ways to save at the pump, with little to no expense. And it starts with smart driving habits.
Researchers estimate that idling from heavy-duty and light-duty vehicles combined wastes about 6 billion gallons of fuel annually. Idling reduction is the “low-hanging fruit” of fuel economy; it can be easy to implement and often requires little or no financial investment.
- Idling is expensive: Idling may consume a gallon of fuel or more per hour, depending on the vehicle.
- Idling pollutes: Each gallon of fuel burned creates about 20 lbs. of greenhouse gases.
- Idling threatens health: Breathing vehicle emissions increases the risk of respiratory illness.
- Idling decreases energy and economic security: In 2011, the U.S. imported 45% of its petroleum. Reducing idling reduces dependence on imported petroleum, increasing energy security.
- Idling is illegal in Connecticut, with limited exceptions*.
For more information about idling, and idle reduction strategies, download the Clean Cities Idle Reduction Publication here.
* Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies Title 22a, 174-18 Conn. Regs. §22a-174-18 (2004). Click here for details.