Pay Less For Gas, Have More For Your Health
Pay Less For Gas,
Have More For
The price of gasoline keeps rising, and who knows, there may be little end in sight. Gasoline is the “food” of our cars and the more we spend on fueling these machines, the less we have to nurture and heal our bodies. So it is time to seek ways to conserve and make each pumping of gas stretch to the limit. There are many well-known car maintenance and driving tips, or for buying a less gas-guzzling car (e.g. hybrid or electric).
But here are some less known gas-saving tips:
FILL GAS MORNINGS
Here are some basic tips: Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried in the ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline becomes, and when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening….your gallon is not exactly a gallon! This is when the ground temperature is still cold. The specific gravity changes with the temperature of the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products. This plays an important role. A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal. But most service stations do not have temperature compensation at pumps.
FILL GAS WITH TRIGGER IN SLOW 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.
FILL GAS WHEN HALF FULL
The reason is the more gas you have in your tank the less air is occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you think. 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. This doesn’t happen in your tank.
KNOW WHEN NOT TO FILL YOUR GAS TANK
If there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, don’t fill. 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.
GAS-SAVING CREDIT CARD
We us American Express Simply Cash card to save 3% off the price of each fillup. Their interest rate currently is under 10% a year. While there are others like it, but few as good.
GAS-SAVING SHOPPING CARD
Some gas stations offer these to regular customers. Also if you shop to PriceChopper, in upstate NY, they have an AdvantEdge card that saves 10 cents a gallon for each $50 of goods purchased at their store. Perhaps there are gas-savings cards in your area. Check the Internet. In 2007 Price Chopper also introduced an extensive natural and organic food section. This week , for example, with the same AdantEdge card they had a 2 for 1 coupon to purchase 5 ounce packages of fresh organic greens! The Stop & Shop card (for this chain of supermarkets located in NJ and NY) offers similar type savings, though the 10 cent less per gallon is for every $100 spent. Still combine that with using a gas-savings credit card, the cost reductions can be substantial.
BICYCLE OR RUN
When using a bicycle be sure to wear a helmet, have adequate mirrors, and other safety equipment and then local shopping with a bike can be a breeze – as with short runs – while you get ever healthier with the exercise.
BETTER TRAVELING PLANS & CARPOOLING
I make my daily “to go” list for errands. With that, it is a good idea to plan these errands in the light of shorter overall distances to travel. The same holds for vacations. Carpool or have someone run an errand for you when they have to go out and drive near your errand-destination anyway.
MORE FROM HOME
What trips could regularly be avoided, using instead home shopping, mailing and banking?
FOR THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER
- POST OFFICEPitney Bowes is offering their meter for $15 per month (used to be double that). They’ll throw in $7.50 free postage/month for two years. If you actively mail the gas and time savings will make this pay for itself.
- ON LINE BANKING SAVES GAS
Services like Paypal transfer money to bank accounts without gas guzzling trips.
MORE GAS-SAVING IDEAS
Please post more creative gas-saving ideas in your comments and so that we can convert wasted gas dollars to useful health dollars.
Nathan Batalion CTN