"If you're stopped for more than ten, turn it off and on again!"
DID YOU KNOW….
Idling for more than 3 minutes (except in traffic or extreme temperatures) is against the law in Connecticut.
10 seconds of idling uses about the same amount of fuel as restarting your engine
12 million gallons of fuels is wasted by idling in the US every day.
Even in cold weather, engines only need 30 seconds to warm up.
Pollutants and toxic gases from tailpipe emissions exacerbate asthma and other respiratory diseases, especially in children and worsen climate change as well.
Idling for one hour burns nearly one gallon of gasoline. Idling your vehicle for just 10 minutes can use as much fuel as it takes to travel 5 miles.
History of No Idle Program – 2015, 2016
In July 2015, WGG proposed a resolution to the Wilton Board of Selectmen to make Wilton a “no idling town”. This resolution was unanimously adopted. WGG purchased and erected 150 signs around town, and implemented a “Phase 1: Awareness” program in Fall 2015 comprised of school involvement (students and volunteers on pick up lines, curriculum on idling), implementation of an online pledge, banner at town hall, film (“Idle Threat”) and panel discussion at Wilton Library, etc.
“Phase II” began in 2016 and was comprised of additional integration into town websites and materials, working with town fleet, drivers ed, etc,