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Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 12:56pm

Gas Expands From Rising Temperatures

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.