Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Saving Tip for Filling up at the Gas Stations

Let's Fuel our cars, trucks and mommy vans The Smart Way.

TIPS ON PUMPING GAS.
I don't know what you guys are paying for gasoline.... but in California they are paying up to $3.75 to $4.10 per gallon. In NE Pennsylvania we are at about $360. And I saw $4.03 in NY.

Time of Day 
Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. 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. Service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

Speedy Fills
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. You should be pumping on low mode. This will minimize 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 of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are sucked up and returned back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.


One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL. 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. Your car does not have any protection from evaporation and you can see this clear on a hot day as the vapors steam out of your tank as you fill it up.

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 of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.


Now let's make this go viral to help as many people as we can save a few dollars at the pump.
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