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February 23, 2011

Idling and Environment

According to Health Canada, more than 5,000 Canadians die prematurely every year because of air pollution.

For every two minutes a car is idling, it uses about the same amount of fuel it takes to go about one mile. Just think how many people idle there car, at drive troughs, waiting for there kids after school, at stop lights, warming there car up in the winter, sitting there in the summer with the AC on to stay cool …ect …ect …

Do you ask what you can do to help with the environment? Well, if you are buying a new car, try to buy a hybrid, if you can’t afford that, then try and buy one with a Cadillac converter, “why” you ask and “what is a Cadillac Converter”? Well a Cadillac converter is a device that cleans pollutants from the vehicle’s exhaust but doesn’t function at its peak until it reaches between 400°C and 800°C. And best way to warm the converter is to drive the vehicle there fore reducing the time spent idling.

Ten seconds of idling can use more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it. And when you start your engine Idling for more then 2 minutes is unnecessary as you can turn off the vehicle, and restart it for less fuel then letting it just idle. If every Canadian who drives a standard light-duty vehicle cut idling time by five minutes a day, it would prevent more than one million tones of CO2 from entering the atmosphere each year.

Excessive idling can be hard on your engine. Because the engine isn’t working at peak operating temperature‚ fuel doesn’t undergo complete combustion. This leaves fuel residues that contaminate engine oil and make spark plugs dirty. Idling a vehicle for only five minutes creates more than a half a pound of green gases, which are melting ice caps, creating holes in the ozone.

Here are some other Myths associated with idling:

Myth #1: The engine should be warmed up before driving. Reality: Idling is not an effective way to warm up your vehicle, even in cold weather. The best way to do this is to drive the vehicle. With today’s modern engines, you need no more than 30 seconds of idling on winter days before driving away.

Myth #2: Idling is good for your engine. Reality: Excessive idling can actually damage your engine components, including cylinders, spark plugs, and exhaust systems. Fuel is only partially combusted when idling because an engine does not operate at its peak temperature. This leads to the build up of fuel residues on cylinder walls that can damage engine components and increase fuel consumption.

Myth #3: Shutting off and restarting your vehicle is hard on the engine and uses more gas than if you leave it running. Reality: Frequent restarting has little impact on engine components like the battery and the starter motor. Component wear caused by restarting the engine is estimated to add $10 per year to the cost of driving, money that will likely be recovered several times over in fuel savings from reduced idling. An average idling gas engine burns 3.5 liters of fuel per hour

The bottom line is that more than ten seconds of idling uses more fuel than restarting the engine.

Society, continues to help people understand the problem that exists, for example, Tim Horton’s has new regulations that requires you to turn off your car if you idle for more then 3 minutes.

Honda and Toyota has delivered a new hybrid car that shuts off the gas when you come to a complete stop and restarts with batteries. In Toronto, motorists who leave their vehicles running for more than three minutes can be subject to a $100 fine and a $25 provincial surcharge. Overall, idling Americans burn 2.9 billion gallons of gas a year, worth around $78.2 billion, according to a recent report from Texas A&M. That doesn’t count the damage done to idling engines by incompletely burned fuel. Many communities have organized “no idling zones” around schools, churches and other locations. At least 15 states, and many counties, have laws that restrict idling for large

Did you know there is a hole in the ozone layer the size of the USA, We as people of this planet have to make more of an effort to make it last for as long as we can, and stop the repertory health issues in the world.

Now there are scientific facts that air pollution we are creating is now affecting the ability of water vapour in clouds to form rain. If you only need to go to the corner store for milk, put on your walking shoes, and walk, its not that far, and you can help save the planet and strengthen you heart and lungs as well..

We are beginning to see more cities across North America enforcing change through legislation. Idling is illegal in 42 states. Toronto and New York have instituted ordinances forbidding idling of passenger cars, diesel trucks and buses for longer than three minutes.

When it comes down to it, all you need to do is just shut off that engine, you aren’t moving, and it’s just a turn of the key to start again.

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