Hi I’m Stephen Szucs, the founder of Sustainable Joes and this is Jamie Skimming from the City of London. Welcome
to Energy Myths. So Energy Myths is the fact or fiction myth busting series where we’ll first hit the streets to find out what normal citizens think, we will then get an expert’s opinion.
And we’ll finish with Jamie’s footprint analysis. Today’s question: Do you think a lot of people warm up
their vehicles in the winter?
– Absolutely, yes. Yes
– Yeah I think a large majority do do it Oh, definitely.
– I don’t idle my car, but I have a feeling a lot of people do. I’m here with Chris from Dom-Mor
Automotive, thanks for having me this morning Chris. Thanks for coming down
Do I need to warm up my vehicle in the winter. Traditionally, yes. Modern vehicles these days, no. Newer vehicles equipped with new
technology, fuel injection, better oil lubrication systems, cold start up is not as much of an issue as it used to be. If you had to give me one rule for winter warm up, what would it be?
– It wont hurt to idle, especially in extreme conditions but it shouldn’t have to be any longer than it takes you to get in the car, put your seatbelt on and wipe the snow off the windshield. Perfect, so my rule of thumb: turn it on, clean off the windshield, get in, seatbelt, go. Yep. Grandpa used to have to do it but we don’t have to anymore. So Jamie it seem like many Londoners believe other
Londoners warm up their cars, Our expert Chris says just get in your
car and go, what’s the environmental impact of all this idling? Well Stephen, if every Londoner just cut back on idling just by one minute a day, we would save
about 1.5 million liters of gasoline every year. That’s about two million
bucks a year, and 3,800 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. Now in London we call ourselves the Forest City, how many trees would it take, Jamie, to sequester that 3800 tonnes.
It would be about 23,000 trees. 23,000 trees London. The little actions make the big difference at the end the
day. Lets idle less, it’ll just make for a better London for all of us. For Jamie and myself, bye for now! Bye!