In September 2011 Clean Nova Scotia’s FleetWiser program opened the application process for the Greening the Fleet Rebate Program offering rebates for equipment, installation, training costs per vehicle or trailer for the following after market technologies: Anti idling devices, emission control devices, fleet management tools, route optimization tools, aerodynamics, low rolling resistance tires, tire pressure and monitoring solutions, accessibility savings that result in fuel savings. The budget for the program was $40,000 and rebates of up to 30% to a maximum of $2500 + HST per vehicle were made available. Applications closed October 15th and resulted in FleetWiser’s Greening the Fleet Program providing 6 Nova Scotia fleets with funds to assist them with green technology procurement aiding their vehicle fleets in reducing fossil fuel use, operating costs, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants. The use of these new technologies will result in environmental, health and financial benefits in Nova Scotia. As part of the Greening the Fleet Rebate Program participating fleets will complete detailed case studies reporting on fuel, emission and cost savings resulting from the program and from the technologies used. Participating fleets will also be taking advantage of numerous programs offered through Clean Nova Scotia’s DriveWiser and FleetWiser [Read More]
Wolfville municipality has become the second municipality in Nova Scotia to implement an Idle-Free Bylaw. The first municipality to go Idle-Free was Kentville, implementing their idling bylaw in 2008. Wolfvilles “Idling Control Bylaw” (Bylaw 93), states that “no person shall cause or permit a vehicle to idle for more than three consecutive minutes in a sixty minute period.” Exemptions include transit vehicles picking up or letting off passengers, emergency vehicles, and work vehicles that require the engine to run for operating purposes (for example a bucket truck). To view the complete bylaw follow this link and download the pdf entitled “93 – Idling Control Bylaw” Clean Nova Scotia and DriveWiser congratulate and thank Wolfville for taking this important step towards reducing pollution and greenhouse gases by banning idling in the municipality. What is your opinion on idling bylaws? Leave your comments and tell us what you think about Wolfville’s Idle-Free bylaw or idle free bylaws in general.
Clean Nova Scotia’s DriveWiser program encourages all Nova Scotians to participate in World Car Free Day on Thursday, September 22. Transportation is one of the principal drivers of climate change accounting for 27 per cent of all greenhouse gas emissions . Choosing emission-free modes of travel can greatly reduce our collective impact on climate change, air quality, and public health. The average car emits more than 1,000 pollutants causing acid air, pollution, cancer, lead-poisoning and a variety of bronchial and respiratory illnesses . You can do your part by choosing active, emission-free modes of travel such as walking, cycling and rollerblading or let someone else do the driving, choose public transit or carpool, as opposed to single occupant vehicle travel. The median, straight-line distance for commuters to their workplaces in Nova Scotia is 8.4 kilometres and for those in Halifax, it is 6.5 kilometres . Vehicles use more fuel and create more emissions per kilometre on short trips. These short trips can easily be completed using other modes of transportation such as cycling and public transit. This Thursday September 22nd give Car Free Day a try and explore car-free living*. *Warning: Side-effects may include enhanced well-being, frequency of social interaction [Read More]
One of the easiest ways to cut fuel costs and improve your Km/L is to ensure that your vehicles tires are filled to the correct psi (pounds per square inch). The correct psi for your vehicle will be posted on your door jamb or for some vehicles you may have to consult your owner’s manual, or check inside the fuel hatch filler flap, or glove compartment door. Inflate your tires to the correct psi as indicated on your door jamb and not the psi marked on the tires sidewall because the psi on the tires sidewall is the maximum tire inflation pressure and does not take your specific vehicle and weight into account. Under-inflated tires create more resistance when your vehicle is moving, making the engine work harder, using more fuel and emitting more toxic emissions. In fact having 2 tires under-inflated by 4psi each can increase waste by 4%. Properly inflated tires last longer, make your vehicle safer, reduce fuel consumption, provide better handling, increase comfort, and provide a safer ride. It is important to check your tires and spare tires air pressure well before they start to look low. A tire that is a few psi underinflated is impossible [Read More]
On May 17 & 19, 2011 twenty drivers from Halifax Harbour Bridges (HHB) fleet: Bridge Patrol, Maintenance, and Commissionaires departments participated in Drivewiser 101 in-vehicle training. Each participant drove an identical route between the MacDonald & MacKay bridges, both on and off highway – comparing their maximum and average speed, RPMs, and fuel consumption before and after a Drivewiser presentation on how to drive, maintain, and buy for fuel efficiency. Using HHB fleet vehicles and the Drivewiser tips, each driver demonstrated an average annual savings of 436kg of GHG emissions and $225.00 in fuel costs. The greatest fuel efficiency improvement between trip 1 and 2 was 21%, the equivalent of saving over 1.6 tonnes of emissions and $820.00 annually if they continue to drive with efficiency (& safety) in mind. Back in March, HHB management and supervisors also attended a Fuel Management 101 workshop aimed to develop fleet efficiency action plans. Short and long-term strategies are underway such as an active idle-free policy, practice, and promotion, driver training, and procurement of efficient vehicles and equipment. To book Drivewiser 101 presentations and/or in-vehicle sessions call 1-800-665-5377 or email email@example.com
As the cost of fuel continues to rise and the impacts of climate change become increasingly evident more and more drivers are looking to improve their mileage by changing driving habits. You can reduce your fuel costs and GHG emissions by an average of 10-15% (or as high as 45%) by following the three S’s: Smooth, steady and stop. Every day countless drivers hammer on the gas only to hammer on the brake five seconds later, as they reach a stop sign or red light. Smooth driving is one common sense method to help improve your fuel efficiency. Jack-rabbit driving (hard stops and quick starts) waste more than 35% of your tank, while only saving about two and a half minutes per hour of city driving. Timing is key to driver efficiency; it is imperative to always make sure you leave enough time for your drive. Leaving late will generate anxiety and increase your likeliness to employ poor driving habits. Smooth driving means accelerating slowly; we recommend taking your foot off the brake to let the car begin to move before you begin to apply the accelerator. Similarly, anticipating traffic allows you to coast to a stop rather than accelerating [Read More]
Here are five ways GPS technology can help you reduce your fleet’s fuel costs: Minimize engine idle time Engine idling dramatically reduces your vehicles life-cycle; one hour of idling a day is equivalent to 100,000km worth of engine wear. This prematurely ages the vehicle negatively impacting fuel economy and efficiency. By using GPS vehicle tracking systems, fleet owners and dispatchers can monitor their fleets and receive reports and alerts that track when the driver turns the engine on or off and when the vehicle is moving, providing accurate idle times. Small fleets of 25 vehicles can save nearly 2,271 litres of fuel a year by reducing their idling time by just 15 minutes a day. GPS vehicle tracking technology makes it possible to measure and address engine idling to reduce operating expenses and greenhouse gases. Monitor speeds Using GPS systems in fleet vehicles allows fleet managers to monitor vehicle speeds. Many GPS systems are capable of sending alerts when drivers exceed pre set speeds. Fuel consumption increases significantly over about 90 km/h decreasing your highway speed from 120 km/h to 100 km/h can reduce your fuel consumption by up to 20%. Excessive speeding is dangerous and burns extra fuel, adding risk and [Read More]
Kerr Global Communications, a Maritime owned and operated company, have provided free GPS demos to the Towns of Lunenburg and Wolfville. With two units per town, Wolfville installed GPS on a snow plow and a fire/rescue utility vehicle; and Lunenburg installed units on a plow truck and a highly used pick-up. Kerr Global Communications provide fleet personnel with online accounts and training to access vehicle trip data, produce valuable reports, and monitor efficiency initiatives such as dispatching, route planning, speed & idle reduction. GPS technology is a valuable tool providing accurate fleet tracking that can be programmed to send fleet managers and mechanics warning messages should a vehicle exceed maximum speed rules, idle time, or to flag maintenance issues. Fleetwiser fleet participants managing 50 vehicles or more have adopted automated vehicle location (AVL) or GPS tracking technologies to better monitor vehicle utilization, engine idling, and driver behavior. Such systems are vital for dispatching, preventive maintenance, route planning, improved accountability, accident reconstruction and more. For more information please visit the Fleet Tool Kit and Kerr Global Communications
To help reduce engine idling, HRM and Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) are piloting cab and coolant heaters in select heavy-duty vehicles. The heaters were donated in-kind by Espar Heater Systems with in-kind installation by Cummins Eastern Canada. Coolant heaters eliminate warm-up idling, often observed in units of hours on heavy-duty diesel vehicles. HRM is piloting coolant heaters in a snow plow and a construction loader vehicle; the heaters can be activated by a timer, set to turn on an hour or two before job departure. Cab heaters provide operator comfort without the need to idle the engine. NSPI installed cab heaters on two of their line trucks, a diesel and a hybrid; the hybrid operates the bucket lift at 65% less idle time. When the engine is off, the Espar heater keeps the extended cab warm, using only a trickle of fuel. Both cab and coolant heater systems significantly reduce fuel consumption, GHGs and harmful emissions. Other idle reduction technologies include manufacturers’ engine control modules (ECM) – which can be set to a maximum allowable idle time, GPS tracking systems, advanced battery technology, and LED lights to minimize parasitic power draw.
It is estimated that Nova Scotia generates over 30,000 tonnes of asphalt shingles every year. Until recent years old shingling was seen as a nuisance, landfills don’t want it because it takes up space and never decomposes (RRFB, 2007). When Dan Chassie was in the asphalt maintenance business he had built his own asphalt recycler allowing for the recycling of waste asphalt. Recycling waste asphalt saves money, and reduces impacts on the environment. When Dan became the owner and operator of Halifax C&D Recycling, he was suprised to find a mass of left over, perfectly good asphalt. Dan developed a process able to separates asphalt shingles into two products: asphalt grit and asphalt flake. Asphalt flake is currently being used as an alternate energy source to coal, and asphalt grit is now being used by Ocean Construction to make asphalt pavement (RRFB, 2007). Dan’s idea was recognized with the 2007 Mobius Award for Innovation in Waste Reduction. People from all over North America are showing interest in Dan`s technology Find out more about Halifax C&D Recycling at http://www.halifaxcdrecycling.ca/
December 6th, 2011
In September 2011 Clean Nova Scotia’s FleetWiser program opened the application process for the Greening
November 9th, 2011
Wolfville municipality has become the second municipality in Nova Scotia to implement an Idle-Free Bylaw.
September 21st, 2011
Clean Nova Scotia’s DriveWiser program encourages all Nova Scotians to participate in World Car Free
August 5th, 2011
One of the easiest ways to cut fuel costs and improve your Km/L is to