More on gas prices again

With the price of oil hitting $110.00 per barrel, I am paying $3.89 per gallon for diesel in this area.  The highest price that I have seen is $3.99 but I’ve managed to avoid those stations at that price.  I just read an article that basically says what I believe to be true about the price of oil.  It is being run up by the speculators and hedge funds.  I think that a bubble is forming and hopefully it will pop soon and the price will drop dramatically.  Surely the price per gallon will fall and it will cost less to fill up our campers or vehicles that haul our camper.  In the meantime I’m adding some info that I received on filling up at stations.  Hope it helps.

 TIPS ON PUMPING GAS  (Good information)
            I don’t know what you guys are paying for
gasoline…. but here in California we are also paying higher, up to
$3.50 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
            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 he re 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 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 floa ting 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.
            Hope this will help you get the most value for
your money.
            Fill up in the morning in the slow mode when
your tank is half full but not when the tankers are filling the storage


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