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Putting the Brakes on Vehicle Idling

CHICAGO Feb. 17, 2011

Avoiding vehicle idling is a simple way to save money at the pump and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, idling for more than 10 seconds wastes more gas than stopping and restarting the engine. In addition, 10 minutes of idling uses as much fuel as traveling five miles and it releases a pound of carbon.

Vehicle idling is a common occurrence, especially during the winter as customers try to warm up their vehicle before driving off. However, idling is not an effective or environmentally friendly way to warm up a vehicle, even in the cold weather.

George Malek


ComEd encourages customers to keep these three simple steps in mind to help avoid vehicle idling:

Ease into drive to warm the engine

Turn off the engine if you are sitting for more than 10 seconds

Help the environment

Avoiding vehicle idling is the latest in ComEd’s 12 Ways to Green campaign, which aims to educate customers about ways to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. This campaign also supports Exelon 2020, an aggressive environmental strategy by ComEd’s parent company, Exelon, to reduce, offset, or displace more than 15 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year by 2020.

Edison Company Chicago Illinois


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