WHAT IS IDLE-FREE?

A vehicle that avoids idling when it is not necessary, like when parked with the engine running and going nowhere. In California, it can be roughly estimated that idling when parked burns 375 million gallons of fuel every year, emitting 3.75 million tons of CO2.

WHY IDLE-FREE?

Save money by burning less fuel

   & avoiding needless engine wear
Improve air quality and health
Reduce greenhouse gas

   emissions that contribute to

   climate change

Conserve energy

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WHAT YOU CAN DO: QUICK IDLE-FREE TIPS TO IMPROVE AIR QUALITY & SAVE MONEY

 

• IN SUMMER: When parked and waiting, avoid using smartphones and internet browsing with the

  engine and A/C running. Such devices can work on their own or off of the vehicle's accessory mode.

  Too hot? Open windows, park in the shade, or go into a building to keep cool.

 

• IN WINTER: In general, limit warm ups to 30 seconds or less. Fuel-injected engines do not

  need long stationary warm ups. Driving gently to moderately is the best way to warm up (make sure

  defrosting is adequate before driving).

 

Note: For safety reasons Idle-Free California strongly recommends not shutting off engines in normal traffic such as at long red lights. It is, however, recommended to shut off engines in prolonged back ups, and delays at road construction zones, railroad crossings, and border crossings.

 

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Citrus Heights, CA

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