Idle Free Initiative

Join our efforts to idle less!  The Village  invites drivers in the community and Village employees to reduce idling, which leads to improved community health. Vehicle emissions are the largest contributor to outdoor air pollution, so your efforts will enable everyone to breathe easy. To encourage drivers to idle less, the Village has placed Idle Free signs in some key areas where idling may occur.

The effects of idling less...

  • Reduced fuel consumption
  • Environmental protection
  • Enhanced community health
  • Idling for 10 seconds uses more fuel than turning off the engine and restarting it.
  • Research suggests that if each car in the U.S. idles 6 minutes a day, 3 billion gallons of fuel is wasted. 
  • A vehicle idling for 10 minutes uses as much fuel as it takes to drive 5 miles.
  • Excessive idling can result in fuel not undergoing complete combustion, increasing fuel consumption.
What can you do?

  • Turn off your engine while waiting longer than 10 seconds
  • Reduce the amount of time you let your vehicle "warm up."
  • For temperature control inside your vehicle, driving is the best way to reach your preferred temperature
  • Consider alternative forms of transportation such as walking, riding a bike or taking public transportation
  • Spread the word to friends and family and invite them to think of ways they could reduce idling.