OLYMPIA — School districts in Entiat and the Methow Valley will get get state Department of Ecology grants to help retrofit their school buses with idle-reducing technology.
Eight school districts will receive part of the $500,000 provided to districts in this round of funding. The money, from a voter-approved tax on hazardous substances, has given $30 million over the past 10 years to help school districts add the emission-reduction technology.
The devices allow bus drivers to warm up their school buses, defrost windows and circulate engine heat without idling the engine. This helps reduce emissions from diesel fuel exhaust, and cuts the school district’s fuel costs.
Ecology estimates that each bus fitted with the device will save an average of 125 gallons of diesel per year.