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How To Save Petrol

The world is constantly changing but not always for the better. While modern technology keeps improving, usually making life a little easier for us, there is always something making sure we don’t enjoy it as much as we could. I’m talking about inflation, the crummy economy and how we’re constantly looking for ways to save a dollar so that we can keep our heads above water.

Well, I got this email today from a friend who has a friend in the oil industry who professes to know how we can all save petrol. I’m not sure how accurate the information is but seeing as how it’s easy to follow I thought it wouldn’t hurt to give it a try. While I’m here I thought I would also share it with you guys.

With Petrol expected to reach $2 per litre by end of 2011, these tips that I received from a friend might come in handy.


I don’t know what you guys are paying for Petrol…. but here in Melbourne we are paying up to $1.30 to $1.50 per litre. 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 Litre:

Here at the Shell Pipeline where I work in Melbourne, we deliver about 4 million litres in a 24-hour period thru the pipeline.. One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and Petrol, regular and premium grades. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 Litres.

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 Petrol, when it gets warmer Petrol expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening….your litre is not exactly a litre. In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the Petrol, 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 for your money.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your Petrol tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is the more Petrol you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Petrololine evaporates faster than you can imagine. Petrol storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the Petrol 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 litre is actually the exact amount.

Another reminder, if there is a Petrol truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy Petrol, DO NOT fill up; most likely the Petrol is being stirred up as the Petrol 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 Petrol buyers. It’s really simple to do. I’m sending this note to about thirty people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300)…and those 300 send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000) and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers !!!!!!! If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted! If It goes one level further, you guessed it…… THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!!

OK, I did my bit and I went one step further by telling you guys. Now it’s up to youth do your bit by giving this post a Tweet.

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  1. I have actually never thought about the petrol expanding when it is warm outside (and inside the tanks). WOW! From now on I am definitely not going to pick up gas in the middle of the day, especially during the summer.

  2. Good stuff, Sire, thanks for sharing. I had heard about filling up in the mornings to take advantage of the denser fuel, but had not encountered the issues of vaporization before. Both measures may save just a little on each fill-up, but over time I suppose it would add up.

    Oh, and thanks for the plug in the e-mail, I appreciate that.

  3. This guy really knows what he does. The Gas here is very cheap (around 30 cents a liter), but i’m definitely going to make use of these advices.

    1. 30 cents a litre!?! Holy crap! Where are you from? Kuwait? It hasn’t been that low in Australia since the 1980’s, and I’d guess the rest of the world would be fairly similar.

      Is it possible that you were converting from gallons to litres and just made a calculation mistake? I find this number incredibly hard to believe.

  4. Hi Sire,

    Here in Canada we’re at about $1.30 a litre as well. All those tips make a lot of sense especially the one about the temperature difference.

    I wonder if we’re actually getting more gas during the winter months than in the summer due to the extra cold ground temps??

  5. well, oil price is getting higher and higher.. government should do something about this. your tips is really helpful. but still we humans should find an alternative to oil. Hybrid cars are now into roads. also the electric cars are into productions. i hope this technology can help or solve the oil problem we have.

    1. Electric cars have been out a lot longer than they would have us believe mico. As to the government, at least as far as Aussies go, they don’t to want to do too much about it because of the petrol excise. They’re simply making too much from it, that plus they can’t really tell the oil barons how much to sell their petrol for.
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  6. Avoiding high speeds on open roads resultsin safer driving and better fuel economy. In highway driving, over 50% of the power produced by the engine is used to overcome erodynamic drag. Drag and thus fuel consumption increases rapidly at speeds above 90km/h. On the average, a car uses about 15% more fuel at 100km/h, and 25% more fuel at 110km/h compared to when it is doing only 90km/h.

  7. Fortunately we have to learn Eco-Driving in Sweden because our petrol price is even higher! about $1.70 a liter, insane! The half full tank tip was really great through, you learn something new everyday. I hope people follow this we really need to take better care of the environment and stop consuming so much.

    1. That is so true Karly, it’s not just about the money it’s also about saving the environment.

  8. This is a really great article. I never even considered that there could be a difference in the amount of gas my car is actually getting depending on the time of day and current fullness of the tank.

    I’ll definitely be telling people about this article. Also, I’ll try to start remembering to gas up in the morning instead of the evening.


  9. I coast down the hills in Wicklow in Ireland in neutral to save juice – you should see the rev counter drop when we go from 3rd to 0.
    Great post (I used to work for ESSO)

    1. I’m not sure that is such a good idea Dave, depending on the hill, it could be dangerous and would only increase the wear and tear on your brakes.

    1. You should give it a try Ana.

  10. Fantastic entry, I love everything to do with cars and as you can image, it costs me a lot! Some great petrol tips here, drop me an email if you have time to do a guest post for my carports site.
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    1. Glad you liked it Jan. Thanks for the offer but I reckon I’ll give it a miss.

  11. This is great information, I had no idea that temperature mattered when pumping Gas. This really is most helpful. THanks.

    1. Thanks David

  12. We are paying like $3.50 over here in Texas. I wish I could take public transportation, but the local metro doesn’t have a route in my area.

    1. That would be a gallon though wouldn’t it?

      1. Yes, that’s the price for a gallon of gas for the 87 octane and $3.89 per gallon for the 93 octane.

        1. So, that’s about $1.03 a litre which is considerably cheaper than what we pay over here.

  13. These are great tips especially if you want to fill up your gas tank you need to do it in the morning when the temperature is still colder. Really Valuable! Thanks a lot!

    1. Thanks Tina, sure hope that you will take advantage of this information

  14. Obviously the car ultimately determines what it takes out of the tank; so if it’s possible consider buying an economy car with a high mpg (miles per gallon) rating. Hybrids are also a great way to go.

    1. That’s true Dale but even if you do buy a hybrid car it’s probably a good idea to follow these tips.

  15. I have learned so much from your tips. I will do as you say, first, fill up in the mornings, then use the low mode during pumping, also I should remember to gas up when the tank is still half full. Another thing is, not to fill up when there is a tanker supplying the storage tanks so I don’t get the dirt it is stirring inside my own tank. Thank you!
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    1. Cool Amy, I’m sure that will save you some money

  16. Technology will have its hardest toil to those who rely on it. When time comes, I bet we will all go back to the basics. Good tips! Not only we can save some fuel but we will be also promoting healthy living.

    1. I’m not sure that many people will survive if we go back to the basics Mika :wink_ee:

  17. That is some of the most helpful information to use at the pump I never knew existed until just now and well worth sharing!

    1. Glad you got some use out of it Susan

  18. I never knew that a 1 degree change in temperature matters in case of petrol’s density. That’s really a good point. Almost no fuel station regulate the temperatures of their storages and that’s a good chance for us ;) Recently I was trying to build up a cheap bike which runs on water. Yeah…pure water. But due to some limitations, it’ll take some time for me to achieve it. Anyways Sire, your friend has really helped me in building my hydrogen bike. Now i can consider hydrogens temperature and it’s density!
    Informative post…keep it up!

    1. Looks like we both learned something new Akshay :lol_ee:

  19. I must say this is really fantastic information. I had no idea about any of this at all, but it all makes perfect sense really. I typically wait till it shows the tank as 3/4 empty before filling up, but not going to do that anymore now. Also, I’m definitely going to make it a point to fill up early in the morning. Thanks a lot to you and your friend in the industry.

    1. Glad to help Rick

  20. Some really great tips on saving fuel which is rapidly depleting. I had no idea on what stage should the nozzle be kept at the of pumping in the gas. Also that petrol must evaporates quickly and so the tank must be filled when half full. I would seriously send this message to my friends and family.

  21. Is very good if pay only $1.30-1.50 for a litre,i travel to Europe much, and in some countries is already 1.80 – $ 2 liter if i turn from Euro to U.S. dollars.Thank for the tips,i did not know to fill the gas tank in the morning or afternoon when the temperature is lower.

    1. There have been a few times when we’ve been over $1.80 a litre ourselves Alx and given time I’m sure we will top that.
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      1. The only problem is that in some EU countries do not lower prices depending on oil trading,only increase prices when oil prices increase but never decreases when price drops and in some countries nearly 50% of oil production is provided by their own country not are imported from other countries.

        1. That’s pretty well what’s happening here. Because the Australian dollar is so high these days and the price of petrol is actually a lot lower than when it was $1.80 a litre the price now should be a hello a lot lower than what it is. The fact that it isn’t means that someone is profiteering.
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    1. Using public transport is a great alternative but unfortunately it’s not an option a lot of the time.

  22. We’ll all have to try to become more eco friendly and by doing so we can save cash as well. Instead of 4 cars coming out from the same house why not 2? Also, it makes me feel good to use the public transport whenever I’m not in a hurry.

  23. Currently, petroleum prices continue to increase. Yes, they are implementing roll-overs from time to time, but it can’t totally break-even all increases they offered to the public. Anyway, transportation is one of our necessity so we can’t do anything about it. It’s a good thing that you’ve shared tips on saving more money in buying petroleum.

    1. Yep and as long as the oil refineries keep control they will continue to do so. I don’t know anout the rest go the world but our Government won’t do anything about it because they’re making too much from the tax they collect.

      1. Really? Same here! They can’t really control those big oil companies with their prices because of all the taxes here. If I’m not mistaken, someone already proved that water can be an alternative for fuel. A way cheaper than petroleum, but sad to say, our government didn’t support the inventor. You already know the reason behind that…

        1. Yeah, it seems it doesn’t matter what country you’re from the governments are all the same.

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