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Friday, March 11, 2011

At least pull my hair...

Last week it cost $50 to fill the tank on my HHR. This week $44, hey, I must of still had $6 in my tank. It's no doubt that we're really getting the hurt at the pump. The least they could do is pull my hair while I pump gas. That'd at least make it more enjoyable for me. *wink*

People love to post events of "Gas Outs" on Facebook. Though this may sound like a good idea, it's really not. Eventually you will need gas. Going one day without buying it does not hurt the Big Oil companies. I'm sorry to tell ya, but it just doesn't.

I use to work at a gas station when I lived in Hawaii & I learned a few things that I ran across someone else saying again today & thought I'd share. This was written by someone else, but these are the same things I've also heard from working in a gas kiosk.

Here are some tricks to get more of your money's worth for every gallon:

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. You should be pumping on low mode, 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 of the 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 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. 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 of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.
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