Idle Time: The Secret Fuel Savings Killer

As gas prices continue to climb, it is important to identify areas of waste you can eliminate to reduce fueling costs. A recent article in The ACHR News, “Contractors Confront Climbing Gas Costs” by Joanna Turpin, explored one company’s discovery of an opportunity to save money by reducing their vehicle’s idling time.

Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning in Rochester, NY installed GPS Vehicle Tracking devices in their fleet vehicles to (like most companies) optimize routes, gain vigilance on vehicle care and get a better picture of how vehicles are being used.  One benefit that went unnoticed was the ability to report on vehicle idle time. The report showed many instances where vehicles were idling for 30-40minutes or longer which was a surprise to the company. Located in the North, the company conducted an experiment to see how long it would take both a cold and warm engine to sufficiently heat the truck cab. The company found that a cold engine took 14 minutes to warm the cab to 40 degrees F and a warm engine only took 4 minutes. Isaac Heating shared the findings with the rest of the staff asking them to reduce idle times and monitored progress. The company was able to reduce idle time by 21% in their first week of efforts and started a “Fuel Conservation Program” to show customers their responsibility of conserving energy to help the environment.

For a truly complete service management solution, ESC offers vehicle GPS tracking equipment and services through our valued partner, SageQuest. Whether you are a business owner looking to preserve property and control employee time, or you are a dispatcher interested in an easy-to-use, easy-to-integrate tracking system, SageQuest GPS vehicle tracking is a simple and effective solution. Learn more about ESC GPS Vehicle Tracking or contact us today for a personalized demo.

You can read the full article on the ACHR News site here.