Gas Tips

Today, I ran across such a helpful and useful email regarding gas conservation and how we can get more of our money's worth for every gallon. This advice was provided by Kinder Morgan Pipeline in San Jose. They deliver about 4 million gallons in a 24-hour period through the pipeline. Here are some tips in brief:

- Only buy or fill up your car in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. All service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground, the more dense the gasoline and when it gets warmer, gasoline expands. Therefore, buying in the afternoon or in the evening, you are not exactly receiving a full gallon.

- When you are 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 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. 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.

- Most importantly is to fill up your gas when your tank is half full or half empty because the more gas you have in your tank, the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster as more space is available.

- Also, when 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 and water that normally settles on the bottom.

Hope this helps and happy Friday!! =)