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Anti-Idling Efforts In Connecticut


Turning Off Your Engine Helps Save Fuel, Lives and the Environment!

Reducing emissions from idling motor vehicle engines is one of the most important air-quality issues in Connecticut today.

Connecticut is committed to reducing air pollution, protecting our health and improving the environment. "No Idling" is the law!

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Why is Idling Harmful?

Idling Causes Air Pollution
  • An idling vehicle spews air toxics, chemicals, gases and particulate matter ("soot") into the air, contributing to regional haze, acid rain and global climate change.
  • An idling vehicle emits 20 times more pollution than one traveling at 30 miles per hour.
  • Every gallon of gas burned produces more than 20 pounds of greenhouse gases!
Idling is Unhealthy
  • Breathing in exhaust can aggravate asthma, allergies, and cardiovascular disease.
  • Exhaust emissions increase school absences, ER visits, and even premature deaths.
  • Emissions are still present and harmful, even when you can't see the exhaust.
Idling Wastes Fuel and Money
  • For each hour spent idling, a typical truck burns approximately one gallon of diesel fuel, and a typical car wastes 1/5 of a gallon of gasoline.
  • 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it!
  • Idling is like burning dollar bills!

What Can You Do?

You Can...
  • Take action and stop unnecessary idling!
  • Spread the word to family, friends, neighbors and school bus drivers. It's an easy way to contribute to a healthier community!
  • Be inspired to start a 'No Idling' campaign in your community, like the two Connecticut kids who started "Little People, Big Changes" and won a 2008 Connecticut Climate Change Leadership Award for their work!
  • Encourage your school district to post 'No Idling' signs and sign a No Idling pledge.
  • Drive your car to warm it.
  • Do not use remote starters.