Category: Idle Reduction [Links to resources on vehicle idle reduction solutions] (20)

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Links to resources on vehicle idle reduction solutions
Health & Particulate Matter
The size of particles is directly linked to their potential for causing health problems. Small particles less than 10 micrometers in diameter pose the greatest problems, because they can get deep into your lungs, and some may even get into your bloodstream.
Health & Ground-level Ozone
Ozone in the air we breathe can harm our health—typically on hot, sunny days when ozone can reach unhealthy levels. Even relatively low levels of ozone can cause health effects. Children, people with lung disease, older adults, and people who are active outdoors, including outdoor workers, may be particularly sensitive to ozone.
IdleBox Toolkit for Idle-Reduction Projects
IdleBox is a toolkit of print products, templates, presentations, and information resources to assist with idle-reduction projects for fleets with light- and medium-duty vehicles. Some materials are available in two versions: ready-to-use print products and customizable templates.
No Idling Campaign | Healthier Schools
Earth Day Network’s No Idling Campaign, in partnership with the Clean Air Campaign, Inc., aims to reduce harmful vehicle emissions around children and instill environmental values in the next generation through a targeted focus on reducing vehicle idling at K-12 schools across the country. Entire school communities are motivated to be a part of the solution through action-oriented projects and classroom lessons.
Idle Free NC!
This video was produced as an education tool to help people understand why idle reduction measures are important.
Heavy-Duty Truck Idle Reduction Technologies
Heavy-duty truck drivers can choose from a variety of equipment to reduce idle time and save fuel. Argonne National Laboratory estimates that more than 650,000 long-haul heavy-duty trucks idle during required overnight rest stops every day. Reducing the amount of fuel wasted on idling can provide significant cost savings.
Medium-Duty Vehicle Idle Reduction Strategies
Typical medium-duty trucks include utility, courier, and package delivery trucks. Drivers commonly idle for comfort while waiting in queue to make pick-ups or deliveries. Changing driver behavior and applying idle reduction technologies can help save fuel and reduce emissions.
Light-Duty Vehicle Idle Reduction Strategies
Passenger vehicle and light-duty fleet drivers have become accustomed to idling vehicles for a number of reasons. Many drivers do not make the connection between idle time, increased emissions, and wasted fuel. Changing driver behavior and using idle reduction technologies can help save fuel, reduce emissions, and save money.
School Bus Idle Reduction Strategies
School bus idling can have negative health impacts, leading to increased emissions and wasted fuel.
Idle Reduction Basics
Idle reduction describes technologies and practices that reduce the amount of time that engines idle unnecessarily. Reducing idling time has many benefits, including reductions in fuel costs, engine wear, emissions, and noise.
Vehicle Technologies Office: Idle Reduction
Idle reduction, or limiting the amount of time that vehicles idle unnecessarily, can be a key strategy for increasing fuel efficiency and reducing petroleum use. The Vehicle Technologies Office supports research on idle reduction and provides a variety of technical resources to help fleets and individuals reduce idling.
Vehicle Technologies Office: National Idling Reduction Network News
The National Idling Reduction Network brings together trucking and transit companies; railroads; ports; equipment manufacturers; Federal, state, and local government agencies (including regulators); nonprofit organizations; and national research laboratories to identify consistent, workable solutions to heavy-vehicle idling for the entire United States.
Reducing Unnecessary Idling – Why it’s Important
This PDF presentation by Linda Giltz covers idling problems and solutions.
Reducing Unnecessary Idling – Why it’s Important (PowerPoint)
This PowerPoint presentation by Linda Giltz covers idling problems and solutions.
How Standing Idle is Setting You Back
Pop quiz: Which uses more fuel and produces more emissions – letting a passenger car idle for 15 seconds or turning off a car and restarting it after 15 seconds?

If you answered that restarting the car uses more fuel, you would not be alone. Most people believe that starting is the less efficient option. But that’s not the case, according to research conducted by Argonne National Laboratory. Results of their experiment revealed that just 10 seconds of passenger car idling time actually uses more fuel than stopping and restarting the engine.
How to cut idling costs, humanely
Fleets see idle time as a line on a balance sheet or an ECM download. Drivers see it as a comfortable night's sleep in a temperate environment; a necessity of life in some cases. Reducing idling time, and the associated cost, need not be mutually exclusive goals.
Reduced Idling Materials
All local boards of education in North Carolina have adopted reduced idling policies to save fuel and improve student health.
Which Is Greener: Idle, or Stop and Restart?
The argument against parking and going into a business, rather than using a drive-through window, has been that the emissions and fuel use associated with restarting your car are greater than those incurred by idling for that time. Argonne National Laboratory undertook a series of measurements to determine whether this was true, by comparing actual idling fuel use and emissions with those for restarting.
Turn Off Your Engine!
This one-page bookmark from the North Carolina Division of Air Quality reminds drivers that idling pollutes the air around your car.
NC Division of Air Quality
Vehicle emissions are one of the biggest contributors toward poor air quality in North Carolina. Idling wastes money and natural resources. It can damage vehicles, pollute the air, and harm our health. Air pollution can cause asthma and other respiratory problems.

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