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Spare the Air

Multiple Routt County area nonprofit organizations, businesses and groups joined forces for the Spare the Air non-idling education initiative that began 2012. Spare the Air helps to inform the community and visitors about the health and air quality hazards of unnecessary vehicle idling to protect our clean air.

Join Steamboat’s community Spare the Air program and host a Clean Air – No Idling sign

Some facts about idling:  View the full fact sheet

  • 1 minute of idling produces more carbon monoxide than 3 packs of cigarettes.
  • 1 hour of idling burns a gallon of fuel.
  • Depending on the size of your tank, you could be wasting $40-115 annually on idling.
  • Excessive idling can be hard on your engine because it isn’t working at peak operating temperature.
  • Excessive exposure to air pollution can damage developing lungs.
  • Modern engines need no more than 30 seconds of idling on winter days before starting to drive.
  • Read how idling negatively effects children’s health here.

Join other supporting businesses with your own Spare the Air sign

View the partners list here.  Work with your neighbors with this flyer. 

The team at Backdoor Sports, including owner Peter VanDeCarr (left) and staff member John Fairbairn, is one of numerous local sponsors or partners for the Spare the Air community-wide non-idling  education campaign.

To get one of these metal signs for $18.50 in your airspace, please contact Suzie@yvsc.org.


CRS 42-14-106 “Violation of Diesel Idling Standards”, which is a class B
traffic infraction and carries a total fine of $150 + $21 surcharge.

CRS 42-4-1206 “Failed to lock Ignition of/Remove Key from/Parked Vehicle”,
which is also a class B traffic infraction

View the US Dept of Energy’s info sheet

View the Clean Air at Schools Education Sheet