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Tips for pumping gas

Posted by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM
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I saw this facebook. I don't know if it's all true, but it seems to make sense. 

TIPS ON PUMPING GAS
I don't know what you guys are paying for gasoline.... but here in California we are paying up to $3.75 to $4.10 per gallon. 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. 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.
To have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of gas buyers. It's really simple to do.
I'm sending this note to about thirty people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300)...and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000) and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers !!!!!!! If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted!
If It goes one level further, you guessed it..... THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!!
Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people. How long would it take?

by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 11:00 AM
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AzariahsMother
by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 11:08 AM

TFS... our gas is about $3.69 here in Minnesota

lizzig
by Ruby Member on Apr. 7, 2013 at 11:09 AM

 the info about getting gas in the am as compared to afternoon & eve was interesting.

OliviaW.
by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 11:21 AM
I found the low and fast settings interesting.
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nngmommy83
by Gold Member on Apr. 7, 2013 at 11:35 AM

TFS! I also shop our local grocery store and they do gas rewards which helps

maxswolfsuit
by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 11:36 AM


Quoting lizzig:

 the info about getting gas in the am as compared to afternoon & eve was interesting.

It makes sense to me. I will try it and see if I notice a difference. 

maxswolfsuit
by on Apr. 7, 2013 at 11:37 AM


Quoting OliviaW.:

I found the low and fast settings interesting.

I always do it as quickly as possible. But it does make sense that pumping slower might make a difference. 

inmybizz
by Gold Member on Apr. 7, 2013 at 11:42 AM

thanks for sharing.

mamadee1971
by Dionne on Apr. 7, 2013 at 12:52 PM

I knew about the pumping gas, in the morning, thing.  A classmate have told me about filling up while the tankers are pumping gas into the underground reservoirs, but I didn't know about the three speed pumping.  TFS

aubsmom09
by Erin on Apr. 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM

TFS!

Rust.n.Gears
by Gold Member on Apr. 7, 2013 at 12:55 PM

It is all true. My family owned gas stations since my great-grandfather.

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