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Re: Petrol costs. I got this in email today- seems like good advice?

> I don't know what you guys are paying for
> gasoline.... but here in California we are also
> paying higher, $3.50 - $4.00 per gallon. But my line
> of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so
> here are some tricks to get more of your money's
> worth for every gallon..
> Here at the Kinder Morgan Pipeline where I work in
> San Jose , CA we deliver about 4 million gallons in
> a 24-hour period thru the pipeline. One day is
> diesel the next day is jet fuel, and gasoline,
> regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage
> tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000
> gallons.
> Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early
> morning when the ground temperature is still cold.
> Remember that all service stations have their
> storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the
> ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets
> warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon
> or in the evening....your gallon is not exactly a
> gallon. In the petroleum business, the specific
> gravity and the temperature of the gasoline, diesel
> and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products
> plays an important role.
> A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for
> this business. But the service stations do not have
> temperature compensation at the pumps.
> When you're filling up do not squeeze the trigger of
> the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see
> that the trigger has three (3)stages: low, middle,
> and high. In slow mode you should be pumping on low
> speed, thereby minimizing the vapors that are
> created while you are pumping. All hoses at the
> pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the
> fast rate, some other liquid that goes to your tank
> becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and
> back into the underground storage tank so you're
> getting less for your money.
> One of the most important tips is to fill up when
> your gas tank is HALF FULL or HALF EMPTY. The reason
> for this is, the more gas you have in your tank the
> less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline
> evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline
> storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This
> roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and
> the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation.
> Unlike service stations, here where I work, every
> truck that we load is temperature compensated so
> that every gallon is actually the exact amount.
> Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck
> pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy
> gas, DO NOT fill up--most likely the gasoline is
> being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and
> you might pick up some f the dirt that normally
> settles on the bottom. Hope this will help you get
> the most value for your money.
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Queen of the Damned
These sound interesting - will fill up at Asda in the morning next time and see if it makes a difference to my consumption :thankyou:

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