Tue., July 13, 2010 4:56pm (EDT)

Gas Expands From Rising Temperatures
By Rachael Copeland
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Gas stations, such as this one in Indiana, are being blamed by consumers for "stealing" gasoline during the summer months. What the consumers do not know is that the gas stations lose money in the winter.
Gas stations, such as this one in Indiana, are being blamed by consumers for "stealing" gasoline during the summer months. What the consumers do not know is that the gas stations lose money in the winter.
In the summer, people use more gasoline because the hot temperatures decrease the energy per gallon.

Some people have taken retailers to court saying they should install temperature gauges and cool the fuel tanks.

But Oscar Garrison with the Georgia Department of Agriculture, which controls Georgia gas pumps, says it would be too costly.

“So essentially, say eighty-five/ ninety degrees, you’re getting a little less energy in the gasoline you purchase. Now the flip side of that is gasoline purchased at thirty or forty degrees in the wintertime has a significant amount more energy.”

Garrison says it can cost up to $3,000 per pump to install temperature controls.

Meanwhile, the Department of Agriculture is using bond money to fund a laboratory in Tifton that would study the chemistry of fuel.