GRAIN VALLEY, Mo., July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Did you know you may not be
getting your money's worth at the fuel pump? At warmer temperatures,
liquids -- including diesel and gasoline -- expand, decreasing the amount
of energy (Btu) per gallon purchased. The "Turn Down Hot Fuel" campaign
will educate consumers on how "hot fuel" may have them paying higher prices
than necessary for fuel. The campaign is spear-headed by a professional
truckers' organization, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association
(OOIDA), and includes a Web site, http://www.turndownhotfuel.com.
The phrase "hot fuel" refers to expanded diesel fuel or gasoline that
is sold at retail pumps at temperatures higher than the century-old
government standard of 60 degrees. That is the temperature/volume used in
the petro-chemical industry to measure all petroleum liquids at the
refinery and every point after the refinery, except at the retail pump.
At the 60-degree standard, a gallon of fuel delivers a certain amount
of measurable energy, referred to as Btu. But when expanded by higher
temperatures, that same amount of fuel actually delivers less energy. The
warmer the fuel, the less measurable energy and fewer miles to the gallon a
vehicle will receive.
Devices can be installed on retail pumps to make up the difference
called automatic temperature compensation retro-fit kits. Many consumers
mistakenly believe that filling up their car's gas tank in the morning will
But this is not the case.
"Temperatures of the fuel in underground storage tanks do not change
dramatically enough during a 24-hour cycle," said OOIDA Project Leader,
Some also mistakenly believe in-ground tanks at gas stations keep fuel
at 60 degrees Fahrenheit. In fact, the insulated, fiberglass tanks tend to
keep fuel at the temperature it was delivered. Larger retailers turn over
fuel supplies very rapidly, greatly reducing the time the fuel spends in
Congress has stepped in to address the issue. Rep. Dennis Kucinich,
D-OH called the first-ever congressional hearing on hot fuel June 8, 2007
where his staff unveiled a study saying hot fuel would cost consumers $1.5
billion this summer alone. He called a second hearing for July 25
specifically to get representatives from major oil companies to testify
about retail fuel practices.
SOURCE Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association