I read an interesting article from a local newspaper that said, “… Americans currently spend $2.57 billion more than they should for gasoline and diesel fuel due to gasoline expanding at warmer temperatures.”
That is just unbelievable to me. I have always heard that you should buy gasoline at the coolest time of the day (9pm-6:30am) but I had no idea that so much money was being lost to fuel expansion. The article goes on to say that, “retailers currently measure the gas at 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and consumers are paying a price for gas based on that temperature.”
There is “temperature compensating technology” available, but the big oil companies have successfully argued that it would cost too much to retrofit all of the gas pumps across the U.S. Apparently, here in Missouri, all the gas stations will have to install these compensating tools within 6 years.
What is the best day to get gas?
Since we are on the topic of gas saving, I should mention that some people say the best day to purchase gas is on Tuesday or Wednesday. Typically gas prices are raised over the weekend and fall a bit once they come back into the middle of the week. Personally I have not watched or noticed these trends, so I am not really sure about this. If anyone has noticed this pattern, please share in the comments below.