Idling is a Turn-Off!

Idling is a Turn-Off!
Did you know that it’s against the law to idle your vehicle for more than three minutes in the State of Connecticut? Yet every day we see cars, trucks, and buses idling in drive-thru lanes, parking lots and school pick-up lines. 
Did you know that every gallon of gasoline burned creates more than 20 lbs. of greenhouse gases?  An idling vehicle releases toxins, chemicals, gases and soot into the air, contributing to haze, acid rain and global climate change. The bottom line? Idling causes air pollution.
Did you know that for each hour spent idling, a typical truck burns about 1 gallon of diesel fuel and a typical car wastes 1/5 of a gallon of gasoline? Ten seconds of idling uses more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it! The bottom line? Idling wastes fuel and money.
Did you know that idling emissions are still present and harmful, even if you can’t see the exhaust? Breathing in exhaust can aggravate existing conditions like asthma, allergies and cardiovascular diseases, resulting in increased work/school absences, ER visits and even premature deaths. The bottom line? Idling is unhealthy. 
For more information on idling, please visit the “Anti-Idling Efforts in Connecticut” page of the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) website which served as the source for this article. This is a message from the Avon Clean Energy Commission.