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How to save petrol – Doh! My mandatory petrol whine

I do not have energy left to whine and rant. So, I shall do a mandatory ‘minyak naik harga’ post by copying and pasting an email I received from Jimmy Seah. He sent me the below. I do not know if it works but who cares lah, desperate time calls for desperate measures. Thank you, Jimmy. When you filled up your blog with posts, write to me again, ok? I will help to link you.

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This is a Message received from a friend. Now that cost of petrol has gone up,
you might want to post this and help people save some money.

I don’t know what you guys are paying for petrol… but here in Durban, we are
also paying higher, up to 47.35 per litre. 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 litre.

Here at the Marian Hill Pipeline, where I work in Durban, 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, LRP and Unleaded. We
have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 litres.

ONLY BUY OR FILL UP YOUR CAR OR BIKKIE 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 denser the fuel,
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 play an
important role. A 1degree 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 vapours that are created, while you are pumping. All hoses at
the pump have a vapour return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the
liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapour. Those vapours 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 TANK IS HALF FULL. The
reason for this is, the more fuel you have in your tank, the less air occupying
its empty space. Petrol evaporates faster than you can imagine. Petroleum
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 FUEL TRUCK PUMPING INTO THE STORAGE TANKS, WHEN
YOU STOP TO BUY, DO NOT FILL UP – most likely the petrol/diesel is being stirred
up as the fuel is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that
normally settles on the bottom.
Hope, this will help you get the maximum value for your money.

DO SHARE THESE TIPS WITH OTHERS! LET’S SHARE INFORMATION AND BENEFIT ALL, FOR
THE BETTER OF MANKIND.
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Pass this on if you think it works.




15 Responses to “How to save petrol – Doh! My mandatory petrol whine”

  1. Interesting tips indeed though seriously, I wonder how much would I really save if I follow all the tips to the dot.

    Nevertheless, stumbled!

    pablopablas last blog post..How To Cope With Rising Inflation

  2. Too late. Sold off all my cars. Bwahahaha!!!

  3. the only way of saving petrol apart fr new tech. in engine is human behaviour! in n out of car.

    minimise revving or hard breaking, stop over-taking in traffic jams..it DOES not get you to yr destination any faster! but creates a domino effects that you see in parts of a road where cars crawls at speed for no reasons. (as drivers behind take more n more time to break until they reach standstill)

    cycling may seem like an old concept for short journeys but it works if enough ppl take it up. I have one of these http://www.strida.com n i use it for all my short journeys eg to shops and bus stops. infact, since i’m paying the most expensive petrol in the world..almost RM8/litre, i plan to get a hybrid car for the family.

    i have no objection in the price increase as it is a worldwide phenomena but 40% satu kali!! The small business ppl is gonna suffered and end consumers like us sure kena whacked right n left…

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  5. I just bought 3 bicycles, he said change lifestyle mah! 😑

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  6. oo..nice info you have lilian ahyi..btw, can i get this article and give a link to your post lilian ahyi ??

    kidkiller87s last blog post..Black Wednesday

  7. Miss lillian. What a bloody refreshing change! While all the other blogs are moaning and complaining and blaming and b*tching and whining about every single thing on the planet about the petrol hike (so what ELSE is new). At last a blog post i can actually benefit from. Thanks to you! Keep up such postings! πŸ™‚

    Now if only the other ppl out there would stop b*tching and start giving constructive ideas because as we know it, b*tch all you want the prices aint goin down!

  8. the richer will become richer.. the poorer will become poorer…. sigh sigh sigh sigh

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  9. recieved this tips in my email quite long time ago..but i thought people make story one..hehehe..will try it soon lah..if not ride bicycle to work..at least i will be healthier

    KaDusMamas last blog post..Petrol Naik! Elektrik naik!! Gaji bila mau naik????

  10. very cool tips indeed. time to wake up at the wee hours to pump up!

    zewts last blog post..To RM2.70 and beyond!

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  12. Great tips, Lilian! I guess its a good thing I stay near a petrol station and am always up early in the morning! πŸ™‚

    I quote your tips in my blog k?! thanks.

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  13. Wah! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  14. got this too..hmm..dun think it’s gona make much of a difference worr

    ok la bicycle seems like good idea! =P

    hueis last blog post..Hawt!

  15. 5xmom, I have reproduce this “useful info” at my blog at http://yapyawwah.blogspot.com/2008/06/petrol-how-to-save-petrol-ie-your-money.html, please let me know if this is not ok.

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