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Author:  Catherine [ Tue Mar 25, 2008 3:11 pm ]
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IN Western North Carolina, gas is averaging $3.33 for regular.

Here are some more gas-saving tips that I received in an email:


I don't know what you people 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 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. 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 other 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 or HALF EMPTY. 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 f the dirt that normally settles on the bottom. Hope this will

help you get the most value for your money.


Author:  Catherine [ Mon Apr 28, 2008 10:58 pm ]
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Regular Gasoline is selling for $3.59.

Author:  lefty [ Mon Apr 28, 2008 11:02 pm ]
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Same here, Cat. Ain't it swell?

Author:  dori [ Thu May 08, 2008 5:34 am ]
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Anyone up for $3.79?

Author:  yankhadenuf [ Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:15 am ]
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Gas Buddy link for comparison gas shopping ... find the link for your city!

Author:  Purple Tang [ Thu Jun 12, 2008 12:23 am ]
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1 arm + 1 leg = 3/4 gallon

Author:  dori [ Sun Jun 15, 2008 12:38 pm ]
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Author:  lefty [ Sun Jun 15, 2008 4:48 pm ]
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$3.89 round sister's in NY (like you Dori) and she's facing about the same prices. Ahhh, what fun!

Author:  dori [ Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:42 am ]
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I worry about my heating oil company. 'The Oil Administration' plus big oil companies are squeezing the life out of small gas and oil companies. I know my heating oil company has been on the ropes for some time now--I just hope they can survive.

Meanwhile, gas came down 3 cents. Big WOW on that one.

Author:  A Proud Liberal [ Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:54 am ]
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Prices have "settled" at about $4.15 here. Local Repug politicos are fearing the worse in repercussions and playing the illegal immigration card for all they're worth. Even our local congress critter looks vulnerable with some chance that McWarSameBush might not win Arizona. Now that would be a change I could live with.

Author:  dori [ Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:06 am ]
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A Proud Liberal wrote:
Prices have "settled" at about $4.15 here. Local Repug politicos are fearing the worse in repercussions and playing the illegal immigration card for all they're worth. Even our local congress critter looks vulnerable with some chance that McWarSameBush might not win Arizona. Now that would be a change I could live with.

Every time I turn on TV I hear Repugs, like the clanging gongs they are, shouting "we have to drill, drill, drill." Seems media doesn't like to talk about the millions of acres already in the hands of oil companies that are just sitting there. Nice little piece of money in the bank for tomorrow for those companies. Like Brain of Pinky and the Brain, they want to take over the world!!!

I am sure illegal immigration is a huge issue in AZ. If we hadn't destroyed Mexicans livelihoods even more severely than we have done in the U.S., there wouldn't be anyone wanting to come over the border. Again, Rs don't want to look at that part of the issue.

Do Rs look honestly at anything?

Author:  Catherine [ Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:52 am ]
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Marathon gas stations are cropping up all over the place here and in northern GA. They're selling regular gas at $3.90. BP, CITGO, etc. are selling between $3.95 and $4.00.

I'm seeing less of those rolling McMansions this far, although there's a lot of activity on area lakes with boats and Sea-Do machines.

Author:  dori [ Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:06 am ]
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I have never heard of Marathon. Is it a regular gasoline company? We have Hess up here that generally sells a few cents cheaper than other stations.

As for rolling McMansions, people who have money are feeling no pinch. They have as many toys as they always have had. I wonder if they ever are in touch with the realities most people have to live with?

Author:  Catherine [ Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:17 am ]
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Here's some info on Marathon:

Author:  dori [ Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:36 am ]
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Very interesting.

See, this is what I miss when I can't get here. All the pieces of information one never hears anywhere except here.

Thank you Catherine for making this day one chock full of information.

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