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

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  1. Blonde Logic

    Blonde Logic Yes. You can.

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    > 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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  3. mrspnut

    mrspnut Full Member

    The time and effort involved in trying to make those hapenny savings just isn't worth the money saved. :eek:
  4. DQ

    DQ 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:
  5. Lisa Marie

    Lisa Marie Silver Member

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    I'll give it a go too. No harm in trying thanks for posting.
  6. KD

    KD Gone fishing

    Was Cambridge, now maintaining
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