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Free Block Heater Timer Distribution Planned This Weekend


Local motorists can get a free engine block heater timer as a part of the Plug @ 20 campaign

Who: Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services and Green Star

What: Distribution of free timers for engine block heaters for municipal motorists who park their vehicles outside.

When: Sat., Jan. 8, 2011, 10 a.m.- 1p.m.

Where: University Center Mall, near 36th and Old Seward

Distribution is limited to one timer per household.

Timers make block heater use more convenient and less expensive. Timers can be programmed to provide electricity to
block heaters two or three hours before the daily commute, eliminating the need to use electricity all night. Pre-heating a
car's engine reduces cold-start emissions by nearly 60 percent and saves gasoline. Residents must have a block heater
already installed in their vehicle to make use of timers. Annual surveys of block heater use indicate that timer recipients
plug in at higher rates than the general population. Timers were purchased with federal funding targeted for air quality

In addition to the timer distribution, Saturday's event will feature experts on clean commuting, energy efficiency, recycling
and pollution prevention. Visitors can also learn about fire prevention and injury prevention at the event. Guest
organizations include the Municipality of Anchorage Departments of Public Transportation and Solid Waste Services,
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Total Reclaim, Alaskans for Litter Prevention and Recycling, Anchorage Waterways
Council and Alaska Injury Prevention.

The purpose of the timers is to improve Anchorage's air quality by increasing block heater use. About 450 timers are
available Saturday, and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call Green Star at 278-
7859 or the Department of Health and Human Services at 343-4200.
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