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Idle Reduction & Fuel Economy

Idle reduction describes technologies and practices that reduce the amount of time drivers idle their engines. Reducing idling time has many benefits, including reductions in fuel costs, emissions, and noise.

While some idling is hard to avoid, most idling is wasteful and can be avoided. Idling for up to one hour can use up as much as a gallon of fuel. It also increases your maintenance costs for general wear and tear of the vehicle.

Improving fuel economy in U.S. automobiles and trucks can reduce petroleum use, making our country less dependent on foreign oil. It can also save drivers money at the fuel pump and limit emissions. Each day, U.S. drivers consume millions of barrels of petroleum to fuel their more than 250 million vehicles.

Reasons to Avoid Idling

  • Improves air quality
  • Helps the environment
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions
  • Improves overall quality of life
  • Saves fuel & money
  • Idling gets you NOWHERE!

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South Shore Clean Cities IdleBox In the news

IdleBox Toolkit

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.

IdleBox tools can be used to educate and engage policymakers, fleet managers, drivers, and other decision makers about the benefits of reducing idling.

Click Here to learn more about IdleBox

SmartWay-Idle reduction for freight industry

SmartWay is a public/private collaboration between the USEPA and the freight transportation industry that helps freight shippers, carriers, and logistics companies improve fuel-efficiency and save money. South Shore Clean Cities supports SmartWay's efforts by promoting idle reduction and fuel efficiency methods and technologies.

Click Here to read more about the SmartWay Program