What are the benefits of idle reduction?
Reducing idling time has many benefits, including reductions in fuel costs, engine wear, emissions, and noise. Engines idle for a variety of reasons, such as to keep vehicles warm, operate radios, or power equipment.
Idle reduction strategies can dramatically reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, and other harmful pollutants.
Idle reduction strategies also reduce noise pollution. In some areas, heavy-duty trucks and trains are required to limit noise at night. By reducing idle time, drivers can meet noise standards.
Argonne National Laboratory estimates that more than 650,000 long-haul heavy-duty trucks idle during required overnight rest stops every day. Reducing the amount of fuel wasted on idling can provide significant cost savings. In addition, many idle reduction technologies can improve driver comfort through improved climate control, support for lighting and electronics, better air quality, and reduced noise levels.
Using idle reduction strategies to reduce fuel consumption reduces U.S. dependence on imported petroleum and increases energy security.