What is Idling? Idling [i’-dling], running the engine of a vehicle while it is not going anywhere.
Presentation Overview Why Idling is a Problem Myths versus Reality The Benefits of Taking Action How We Can Take Action Resources
Why is idling a problem? Idling… Hurts air qualityHurts air quality Wastes fuel Wastes fuel Happen daily in Sitka Happen daily in Sitka Harms health Harms health
Idling & Air Quality Idling releases many hazardous chemicals into the air including: 1 Carbon Dioxide (CO 2 ) Carbon Monoxide (CO) Hydrocarbons Nitrogen Oxide Particulate Matter
Idling & Air Quality These chemicals cause environmental problems including: 2 Trucks alone emit 11 million tons of carbon dioxide, 180,000,000 tons of ozone forming gas, and 5, 000 tons of particulate matter every year! 2 Smog/ Haze Global warming/ greenhouse gases Fewer fish and algae blooms Ozone Reduced crop yields Damage to structures/ monuments
Idling & Health These chemicals cause various heath conditions including: Asthma Cancer Cardiovascular disease Respiratory disease Allergies Prenatal & infant mortality Senior mortality Visual Impairment Headache
Idling Myth #1 Reality Idling is not an effective way to warm up your vehicle. Driving your vehicle is the best way to warm it up. 30 seconds of warming up your vehicle on winter days is enough. The engine should be warmed up before driving.
Idling Myth #2 Reality An idling engine is not operating at its peak temperature, which means fuel combustion is incomplete. Excessive idling can damage your engine components, including cylinders, spark plugs and the exhaust system. Idling is good for your engine.
Idling Myth #3 Reality Frequent restarting has little impact on engine components. More than 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting the engine. Shutting off and restarting your vehicle is hard on the engine and uses more gas.
Idling Myth #4 Reality So are non polluting options like a hat, gloves and an extra layer Pollutants affect the people inside the vehicle as well as outside of it. Idling is a good way to stay warm while waiting inside the car
The Benefits of Taking Action Not idling will: Save you money fuel and engine wear and tear Improve the quality of air in Sitka Reduce harmful emissions that contribute to climate change Protect the health of kids and citizens Educate the whole community
What can be done? Examine the Facts Examine the Facts Talk with others Talk with others Adopt a policy * Adopt a policy * Educate the whole community Educate the whole community