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Idle Reduction Program

Reducing unnecessary engine idling

One of the simplest ways to reduce your organization's carbon footprint is to avoid unnecessary idling. It can protect employee health, save on fuel costs, and reduce engine wear.

Idling Myth

Idling Fact

Diesel engines should idle at least 5 minutes in the morning, especially in winter

Letting an engine idle actually does more damage to the engine than starting and stopping. Idling can cause twice the wear on internal parts compared to driving at highway speeds. Check your owner's manual for specific warm-up guidelines for you vehicle.

Idling does not waste that much fuel

An hour of idling time consumes approximately a gallon of diesel fuel. Idling increase both fuel and maintenance costs.

Diesel exhaust does not hurt anyone

Diesel exhaust contains more than 40 chemicals and compounds that are detrimental to human health. Studies correlate exposure to exhaust and increased lung cancer rates in occupational settings. Lab studies also provide evidence that diesel exhaust is a likely carcinogen.

Idling reduction technologies are not cost effective

Idle reduction technologies that save fuel or increase efficiency can pay for themselves through fuel savings - some in less than 2 years. From that point, fuel savings are pure profit.

Georgia Commute Options provides program support and materials to reduce unnecessary idling at your worksite:

  • Policy templates that can be adapted to fit your organization's needs
  • Signage to inform drivers, vendors, and employees of your No Idling policy
  • Fact sheets and cards for drivers and employees explaining the reason for the policy
  • Fleet stickers and window clings for vehicles indicating their participation in a No Idle Program

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