Care for Our Air
It’s the air you breathe. Be idle free.
Care for Our Air is an ongoing campaign to remind the U of A community of the harmful effects that idling can have on our environment and vehicles. Idling not only wastes fuel, but also produces greenhouse gases and degrades air quality.
Reducing idling can have a big impact. According to Natural Resources Canada, if all Canadians cut their idling time by just three minutes every day, in a year we will have prevented 1.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released and saved 630 million litres of fuel. In fact, cutting down can also protect your vehicle – idling generates water and fuel condensation inside its components, which can damage your engine and exhaust system.
What you can do:
Tips to help you reduce vehicle idling this winter:
- Dress for the weather
- Limit vehicle warm-up times to 2-3 minutes, even on cold days
- Use a block heater equipped with an outdoor timer
It is recommended that idling be avoided between temperatures of -10 and +27 degrees Celsius. Outside of this range, idling should be minimized as much as possible.