How much is idle time costing you?

HOW MUCH IS IDLE TIME COSTING YOU?

All those nonproductive hours translate into a lot of wasted fuel: 1 gallon or more every hour. Some industry experts say it’s not unusual for idle time to represent as much as 40-50% of total running time.

IT ADDS UP FAST

See how excess idling drives up fuel costs for an owner who logs 2,000 hours per year for five years.

Idle Time

Idle Hours

Annual Cost of Idle Time    

Five-year Cumulative Cost

20%

400

$1,560

$7,800

25%

500

$1,950

$9,750

30%

600

$2,340

$11,700

35%

700

$2,730

$13,650

40%

800

$3,120

$15,600

EXPECTED OWNERSHIP: 5 years ANNUAL OPERATING HOURS: 2,000

AVERAGE FUEL COST: $3.90/gallon FUEL BURNED DURING IDLE: 1 gallon/hr

FUEL COSTS ARE JUST PART OF THE STORY...

When you rack up a lot of nonproductive hours, you:

  • Increase emissions
  • Jeopardize component life
  • Accelerate wear of Tier 4 technologies
  • Complete unnecessary fluid and filter changes
  • Burn through warranty hours
  • Sacrifice resale value
  • Jeopardize component life

SIX TIPS
 FOR REDUCING IDLE TIME

  • Limit idle time at shutoff. Older engines need 2 minutes, newer engines 
almost none.
  • Turn off trucks that are waiting more than 5 minutes to load or unload.
  • Restrict morning warm-ups to 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Turn off equipment during lunchtime, breaks and other periods when not in use.
  • Use the automatic shutdown feature when available.
  • Anticipate the mobile requirements of other equipment and position the inactive machine where it won’t impede the movement of other units.

Source : US Environmental Protection Agency