Reducing Fuel When Stopped

Diesel prices are climbing and there is no clear end in sight. You take steps to reduce fuel use while driving, but what can be done to reduce fuel when not in motion?

It has been estimated that on average, 1 gallon of fuel is consumed for every hour of idle time. The Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory, a division of the U.S. Department of Energy, estimates that over 2 billion gallons of fuel is consumed each year as a result of idling trucks. At today's diesel prices, idling costs the trucking industry more than $8.1 billion dollars a year.

Hoping to cut your idle time? Here are a few tips to help:

  • Reduce your warm up time: With today's newer engines, manufacturers routinely suggest a warm up time of less than five minutes. By following manufacturer recommendations you can reduce fuel use and reduce engine wear and tear.

  • Implement idle-reduction devices: Fuel operated heaters, battery air conditioning systems and auxiliary power units all help maintain comfort in your rig without the engine wear and fuel use of idling. Many of these devices even qualify for federal tax breaks to help offset their cost.
  • Take advantage of electrified parking: More truck stops are starting to incorporate electrification, which provides power for your rig, or can include self-contained units with heating, cooling, TV and even internet for a small hourly fee.

Despite your budget there are idle reduction options for every price point. Next time you fill up at the pump consider how much of that will go to idling.

This entry was posted on March 12th, 2012 by jhubbard and is filed under Recent News & Updates.