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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a block heater, and why should I use one?

A block heater heats the car engine, and is powered by plugging into a regular electrical outlet. Block heaters allow for easier starting in cold weather, as it raises coolant and oil temperature, which reduces start-up strain to the motor. Not only does a block heater facilitate starting the vehicle in winter, it also helps to heat the car and engine more efficiently than by idling. Avoiding lengthy idling helps reduce carbon dioxide emitted into our atmosphere, and helps you save money on fuel. For added efficiency, use an automatic timer to start your block heater two hours before you plan to start the car.

Why shouldn’t I idle my vehicle?

Unnecessary vehicle idling wastes fuel and money and generates needless harmful emissions that hurt the environment. The City of Moncton’s Vehicle and Equipment Idling Policy states that as of March 1, 2006, city vehicles must not idle for periods exceeding one minute. If every driver of a light-duty vehicle in Canada stopped idling for just five minutes a day, we would save over 680 million litres of fuel and prevent more than 1.6 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering the atmosphere in one year.

What does the city do to reduce its environmental footprint?

Environmental sustainability is a top priority in Moncton. The City of Moncton is proud of its many green initiatives, and continues to take actions to reduce its environmental footprints and minimize negative impact on the environment. Visit the Green City section of our website to see a list of recent initiatives.

What is LED lighting?

LED stands for light emitting diode. This type of light uses very little electricity, and lasts about 15 years. The City of Moncton has changed its traffic lights to environment-friendly LED lighting, resulting in an annual reduction of 536 metric tons of CO2, not to mention annual savings of more than $87,000. The city is now running a pilot project to use the same type of technology in streetlights.