Published: Tue, 31 Jul 2018
You buy it, you burn it, you use it to heat your home and to power your vehicles, but how much do you actually know about fuel?
For the average Brit, the answer would be not all that much. While the use of fuel is a necessary part of modern life, most people know surprisingly little about this incredibly important substance. So if you’re interested in learning a bit more about this vital part of your daily life, and then keep reading as we cover some of the more interesting, but lesser known facts about fuel of all types!
Amount of Fuel Needed to Reach the Moon in Apollo Missions
When it comes to travelling, few trips are more impressive than those taken by the Apollo astronauts throughout the late 1960s and early 1970s. These missions are the first – and only – manned flights to the moon.
The first successful manned flight to the moon was the Apollo 11 mission, which took place on 20th of July, 1969, and the final was the Apollo 17 mission, on the 7th of December, 1972. These missions are the furthest that humanity has ever ventured from their home, so it begs the question, how much fuel exactly did it require?
While modern rockets have much better fuel efficiency than did the rockets used for the Apollo missions, for now the only data available about manned trips to the moon come from these six missions. And those early Apollo missions required over a staggering 350 million litres of fuel in the forms of kerosene and liquid oxygen.
So the next time you’re unhappy about the cost of refuelling your vehicle, just remember that it’s probably at least a couple hundred thousand times cheaper than a trip to the moon!
How Much Fuel is Necessary to Power a Commercial Tanker
One of the largest vehicles that are operated by man is generally used to transport oil, and is known as a commercial oil tanker. These behemoths of the sea not only carry incredible amounts of fuel (up to several hundred thousand tonnes), but they burn a shockingly large amount as well.
Since these ships can vary in size massively, the amount of fuel that they use can also greatly vary. Small tankers can use as little as one tonne of fuel per hour, while the largest can use an amazing 16 tonnes of fuel hourly!
Which Country Uses the Most Fuel Annually?
Due to environmental reasons, many countries have greatly reduced their use of fossil fuels in recent years as regulations tighten up, but that doesn’t change the fact the most economies are still dependent on this important substance. Therefore, the world’s biggest economies tend to also be the largest burners of fuel.
This means that the world’s largest economy, the United States, also uses the largest amount of fuel annually. As the biggest user of fossil fuels, the USA burns 18.5 million barrels of oil per day, or 20% of all of the oil burned across the world daily. They are followed by China in second place.
How Much Heating Oil Does the Average UK Household Burn During Winter
While there are several variables that can cause this number to fluctuate greatly, such as an unseasonably warm or an unusually cold winter, the average amount of heating oil used each winter across the UK does stay about the same. And when all averaged out, most households in the UK consume around 2,000 litres of heating oil annually.
A Great Place to Find Fuel of All Types
Regardless of your fuel needs, be it to heat your home, top off your lorry or to launch a rocket to the moon, the professionals at Western Fuels can accommodate you. They’re experts in all things fuel, and are more than happy to help you, whatever your needs may be. Please contact Western Fuels for pricing info, or if you have any other questions by phone on 01278 431 451, or by email at email@example.com.
What You Need To Know About Oil Boilers
1.1 million households in the UK have oil central heating, meaning they are not connected to the main gas grid.
Four Benefits of Fuel Delivery For Your Home or Business
Fuel delivery is one of the most effective solutions for this issue; here’s why.
What Should I Know About Heating Oil Tank Storage?
Currently around 1.5 million homes in the UK use kerosene as their primary source of heating fuel and have external oil tank storage on their premises.
Tips To Protect Your Home Heating Oil
Rising costs of heating oil mean theft has been on the rise, we have put together a list of measures you can take to prevent this from happening.
Tips for Commercial Fuel Management
If you’re trying to figure out how to become more efficient with your fuel management, you might try the following.
From Finding a Reputable Company to Getting a Heating Oil Quote: Five Things You Need to Do When Buying Heating Oil
To ensure that your home stays warm and cosy over winter, it’s essential that your tank always has a sufficient amount of oil in it.
Commercial Fuel Oil: Companies and Industries Who Need it The Most
Today, many different companies and industries rely on commercial fuel oil to run their business.
The Life And Times of John D.Rockefeller
John D. Rockefeller was an American business magnate who is famous for his role in the development of the US oil refinery industry.
A History Of North Sea Oil
Ever since oil became the primary fuel for Britain’s navy and vehicle transportation, oil has been of vital importance to Great Britain.
How to Look After Your Industrial Lubricants
If you need high-quality industrial lubricants in Bridgwater or Taunton, get in touch with Western Fuel.
Signs Your Heating Oil Furnace Needs Servicing
Below, we discuss the signs that your heating oil furnace needs servicing.
Benefits of Heating Oil
However, many households are starting to think more about their energy choices and how to be better for the environment.
A Guide to Planning Heating Oil Delivery
Heating oil prices fluctuate constantly, so you can’t always rely on the price remaining reasonable all year round.
Tips For Driving Your Commercial Vehicle More Economically
There are other ways of saving fuel, money and the environment by making active decisions to drive more efficiently, responsibly and economically.
A Guide To Sourcing the Best Heating Oil Prices
The price of heating oil can vary significantly across the country and between different suppliers.
Signs Your Boiler Needs a Service
Since boilers can be very expensive to replace it’s important that annual services are arranged.
When To Start Stocking Heating Oil?
However, no matter how much we use our boiler in the summer, we cannot deny our reliance on it in the winter.
Reasons to invest in fuel cards for your fleet
By investing in fuel cards for your fleet, you can also benefit from a wide range of security measures.
Signs Your Vehicle Needs an Oil Change
Dirty oil is full of bits of metal and grit. This can destroy the engine over time.
Heat Your Home Cost-Effectively Using Heating Oil
Here in the UK there are a whole host of ways in which you can heat your home.
Why you should get your boiler serviced every year
Boiler servicing can be an easy thing to overlook and forget to do.
How to ‘winterproof’ your boiler
What’s worse than your boiler breaking down in the midst of a particularly cold winter?
Why the Quality of Your Oil Matters
No matter whether you need fuel for your boiler or for your farming equipment...
4 Interesting Lesser Known Facts about Fuel
You buy it, you burn it, you use it to heat your home and to power your vehicles...
Four Advantages of Getting Heating Oil Delivered
If your home is powered by heating oil, then it’s another one of those household chores that you might often forget about.
Why Now is the Best Time to Prepare Your Heating for Winter
With a summer of hot weather and a few heatwaves ahead of us, the last thing on most of our minds is our heating systems.
The Benefits of Regular Boiler Servicing
One of the most essential items in your home, yet one you might take for granted, is your trusty boiler.
"Thank you so much for delivering to us in our time of crisis. It really is appreciated" Mrs H.
We have a high quality fuel to match your needs.
© 2020 Western Fuel Ltd