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Eco Minute October 26, 2015

Don’t keep your car running if you’re not moving.  First, avoid prolonged warming up of the engine, even on cold mornings - 30 to 45 seconds is plenty of time.  Don’t know if whether it’s more cost effective to keep the car running or turn it off – if you’ll be idling for more than a minute, it’s better just to turn it off since one minute of idling consumes the same amount of gas as starting the engine.  Routinely shutting the car off rather than allowing extended idling could improve your gas mileage by 19%.  Remember that the next time you’re backed up in the drive-through lane.    

Dr. Enid Sisskin received her PhD from Columbia University in Pathobiology. She has worked as an environmental activist in this area for more than 20 years. She is currently on the faculty of the School of Allied Health and Life Sciences at the University of West Florida. She is the creator of the Eco Minute and has produced & hosted the series 2005. Her interests include continuing to garden despite yearly failure and continues to work for environmental protection with her husband and children. She is also everyone's favorite Jewish mother and stage manager at RadioLive. Contact: enid@wuwf.org.