Gas Saving Tips on Pumping Gas -

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  A close relative of mine who lives in California, plus is in the gasoline industry for 31 years, sent me this information regarding gas-saving tips. I felt this was really good information to share with all of my activerain readers:



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 or your money.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF
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.

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.

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Krystal Knott
LIV Sotheby's International Realty - Breckenridge, CO
Breckenridge CO Real Estate & All Summit County CO

Carla, amazing tips!!  Thank you for sharing.  I read this outloud to my husband and I think he might change his fueling up habits.  Thanks again!  --Krystal

May 14, 2011 06:38 AM #1
Ken and Leslye Huebsch
3x Individual Agent of the Year, Luxury Homes, First-Time Buyers, Residential Resales, New Construction - Harrisburg, PA
Realtors - Harrisburg Homes for Sale 717.514.1793

Well, that was just a wealth of great info. I am one of those that will drive out of my way to save a nickel on gas.. I know, makes no 'cents'!

May 14, 2011 06:42 AM #2
Dennis Duvernay Broker/Owner
Hillview Realty - Northbridge, MA

Good tips...does this relative have any tips on how we can get them to lower the prices...LOL

May 14, 2011 06:42 AM #3
Carla Harbert - Avon, OH
RE/MAX Omega: Lorain-Medina County Area

I am guilty of squeezing the trigger to pump that gas as quick as possible, didn't realize the mistake I was making. If we all change some of our "fueiling habits" - just think of the savings we will gain... a little can go a long way! Thanks for commenting, Krystal!

May 14, 2011 06:42 AM #4
Carla Harbert - Avon, OH
RE/MAX Omega: Lorain-Medina County Area

Thanks Ken & Leslye- I do the same, jumping online to check gas prices in the area to save a nickel or so. Then get excited if I can save a dime a gallon - trying to cut expenses since I fuel up at least twice a week with all the running I do.

May 14, 2011 06:45 AM #5
Carla Harbert - Avon, OH
RE/MAX Omega: Lorain-Medina County Area

Dennis - that was the same comment I sent back to my cousin... ha ha. Great minds think alike!!

May 14, 2011 06:46 AM #6
Karen Hawkins, MBA - Langley & Surrey, BC
Royal Pro Real Estate Network - Langley, BC

Carla - wow, great tips - and with gas at the prices it's at, we need all the savings we can get!  (I always do the "fast" mode at the pump....not any more!)

May 14, 2011 06:50 AM #7
Joshua Zargari
MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating - Lynbrook, NY
MJ Decorators Workshop

Hi Carla.

Those are great tips...While in Switzerland I noticed thousands of bikes in the street...

Why not have the same thing in the US.


May 14, 2011 12:16 PM #8
Jeff Markell
Empire Home Loans Inc. - Tustin, CA
Branch Manager/Mortgage Consultant/Reverse Mtg.

Carla, I had heard and practice all of these except sqeezing the trigger on fast mode. I will now squeeze slowly and try and save some money when visiting the greedy oil company's place of business.

May 14, 2011 07:12 PM #9
Kay Van Kampen
RE/MAX Broker, RE/MAX - Springfield, MO
Realtor®, Springfield Mo Real Estate

Carla, great tips.  Now if we could just get the gas prices to stop increasing every time we gas up.

May 15, 2011 05:49 AM #10
Carla Harbert - Avon, OH
RE/MAX Omega: Lorain-Medina County Area

Karen & Jeffrey, same here - I have always used the "fast" mode - not anymore! See if I notice any improvement in mileage. Thanks for commenting.

Kay - appreciate you visiting and commenting! Always get to hear from you...I just don't understand the price differences of various stations - with sometimes the prices changing more than once a day.

May 15, 2011 07:29 AM #11
Carla Harbert - Avon, OH
RE/MAX Omega: Lorain-Medina County Area

Joshua, You are the world traveler - for sure. I envy you! I truly enjoy the photo's posted on your blog. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. For all of our sakes, I pray the price of gas goes DOWN soon!

May 15, 2011 08:12 AM #12
Rhonda Lehnen
Ocean View Realty Group, sale and rental of homes and condos - Ormond Beach, FL
Ormond By The Sea Florida

That is good information.  Happy anniversary!  We can all use good tips especially when it come to the price of gas.

May 16, 2011 04:54 AM #13
Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

Carla, I read this a couple of years ago, but forgot most of it again.  Thanks for the reminders.  I never let the the thing pump automatically.  I like to control the gas flow, too. 

May 16, 2011 04:21 PM #14
Carla Harbert - Avon, OH
RE/MAX Omega: Lorain-Medina County Area

Glad to see you again, Rhonda! Thanks for commenting. Hopefully we can meet up when I head back down to Ormond Beach again.

Hey Suzanne, thanks for the kind comments. Let's cross our fingers that the price of gas comes down is creating havic with my monthly budget now.

May 17, 2011 08:14 AM #15
John Cannata
214-728-0449 - Frisco, TX
Texas Home Mortgage - Purchase or Refinance

You know, I've read these a few times before and wondered if that was really correct. :-)

May 18, 2011 04:39 PM #16
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Carla, very good tips! That stirring up of the dirt thing happened to us a few years back. What a pain to take care of. Thanks for commenting on my Overwhelmed post :)

May 20, 2011 01:10 AM #18
Brigita McKelvie, Associate Broker
Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd. - Lehigh Valley, PA
The Broker with horse sense and no horsing around


Some great tips.  I am passing this along to others.  Thanks for the advice.


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