A guide from KAIRE to help you make eco-friendly choices.
Managing the 1,300 acres of land at Foxhollow Farm is a labor of love. Our teams brave the elements every day to maintain our fields. We take pride in sustaining an environmentally friendly farm, but still, the use of gas-powered farm equipment is practically unavoidable. How can we operate tractors, haybailers, trucks and a 1958 Chevy Apache and be environmentally conscientious?
Thanks to Kentuckiana Air Education (KAIRE), the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District’s community outreach program, we’ve discovered some ways to reduce our carbon footprint. Want to do the same? Here are some common myths about air quality to help.
RESTARTING YOUR CAR USES MORE FUEL THAN IDLING
Experts say that after idling for more than 10 seconds, you waste fuel.
IDLING IS GOOD FOR YOUR ENGINE
Too much idling can actually damage your vehicle.
IDLING IS THE BEST WAY TO WARM UP YOUR VEHICLE
Driving your vehicle is actually the best way to warm it up, rather than idling.
IDLING DOESN’T WASTE MUCH FUEL
Idling for an hour wastes about a half-gallon of fuel.
RESTARTING PUTS MORE STRESS ON YOUR VEHICLE
Restarting doesn’t put any more stress on your vehicle than any normal use. In fact, idling forces it to run inefficiently.
POOR MAINTENANCE DOES NOT AFFECT POLLUTION
Maintaining your vehicle can help drastically reduce pollution.
In addition to these debunked myths, to help keep the air clear of pollution, remember to keep your tires inflated, change your oil regularly and don’t idle over 10 seconds.
Knowing these tips can help you combat air pollution, just like we do here on Foxfollow Farm. We’re dedicated to keeping our farm sustainable, and everything we do, we do with the environment in mind. If you want to learn more about how you can help clean the air, visit the KAIRE website at helptheair.org.