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Will You Benefit From Falling Oil Prices?

Crude prices have been as volatile as the stock market in recent days, but their overall slide may give consumers some relief at the pump in the coming weeks, and could mean lower heating costs for some this fall.

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Oil prices have steadily dropped from an average $110 per barrel in April, down to an average $97 per barrel in July, according to the government’s Energy Information Administration, and they have fallen further during the recent market upheaval. Oil prices Monday were trading at roughly $84 per barrel within an hour of the market open, and are expected to slide further if the unrest in Libya continues.

“As a rule of thumb, every $1 per barrel drop in the price of crude lowers the retail price of gasoline by 2.4 cents per gallon,” says Tancred Lidderdale, a senior economist for the EIA. Consumers have already seen some results of recent volatility: the national average Monday is $3.57 for a gallon of regular unleaded, according to AAA. That’s down from $3.60 last week and $3.70 last month, although well above last year’s average $2.71. Drivers are likely to see prices follow that broader downward trend in coming weeks with drops of up to another 20 cents per gallon, says Matt Smith, a commodity analyst for Summit Energy.

The estimated 7.7 million American households that use home heating oil during the winter should also be paying attention to oil price volatility. “The two move very much in tandem,” Smith says. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s survey of dealer prices noted a drop from $3.88 per gallon on July 25 to $3.80 on August 15, although prices are still roughly 33% higher than this time last year. Prices could drop further in the next few weeks, but probably not by much — international demand for U.S. exports keeps prices stable, says Ben Brockwell, a director for the Oil Price Information Service. His suggestion for homeowners: wait until just after Labor Day, then shop around to lock in a price with a supplier before seasonal demand, if not higher crude, raises prices.

Consumers’ price relief is likely to be shorter-lived than the market volatility, experts agree. Substantial worldwide demand for fuel is unlikely to keep prices low for long, although prices consumers pay at the pump are unlikely to surpass the high of $3.95 in May of this year. “I definitely think we’ve seen our peak price for 2011 on retail gasoline,” says Brockwell.

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      4.В 
      Image Management Related Dialogs
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      4.4.В Templates Dialog
      FigureВ 14.67.В The Templates dialog
      Templates are templates for an image format to be created. GIMP offers you
      a lot of templates and you can create your owns. When you create a New
      image, you can access to the list of existing templates but you can’t
      manage them. The “Templates”
      dialog allows you to manage all these templates.
      4.4.1.В Activating the dialog
      The “Templates” dialog is a dockable dialog; see the
      section Section 2.3, “Dialogs and Docking” for help on manipulating
      it.
      You can access it:
      from the image menu:
      Windows в†’ Dockable Dialogs в†’ Templates.
      from the Tab menu in any dockable dialog by clicking on
      and selecting
      Add Tab в†’ Templates.
      4.4.2.В Using the Templates dialog
      You select a template by clicking on its icon. Right clicking reveals a
      local menu that offers the same functions as buttons.
      4.4.2.1.В Grid/List modes
      In the Tab menu for the “Templates” dialog, you can
      choose between
      View as Grid and View as
      List. In Grid mode, templates are laid out in a
      rectangular array of identical icons (unless you gave them a
      particular icon, as we will see later). Only the name of the
      selected template is displayed. In List mode, they are lined up
      vertically; icons are identical too; all names are displayed.
      In this Tab menu, the Preview Size option allows
      you to change the size of thumbnails.
      Tip
      Ctrl+F
      in a list view opens a search field.
      See View as List; View as Grid
      4.4.2.2.В Buttons at the bottom
      The buttons at the bottom of the dialog allow you to operate on
      templates in several ways:
      Create a new image from the selected template
      Clicking on this button opens the
      Create a new image
      on the model of the selected template.
      Create a new template
      Clicking on this button opens the
      New template
      dialog, identical to the Edit Template dialog, that we will see
      below.
      Duplicate the selected template
      Clicking on this button opens the Edit Template dialog that we
      are going to study now.
      Edit the selected template
      Clicking on this button opens the
      Edit Template
      dialog.
      Delete the selected template
      Guess what?
      4.4.3.В Edit Template
      FigureВ 14.68.В The Edit Template dialog
      The dialog allows you to set the specifications of the selected template.
      You can access to this editor by clicking on the
      Edit Template button at the bottom of the dialog.
      Options
      Name
      In this text box, you can modify the displayed template name.
      Icon
      By clicking on this icon, you open a list of icons. You can choose
      one of them to illustrate the selected template name.
      Image size
      Here you set the width and height of the new image. The
      default units are pixels, but you can switch to some other
      unit if you prefer, using the adjoining menu. If you do,
      note that the resulting pixel size will be determined by
      the X and Y resolution (which you can change in the
      Advanced Options), and by the setting of
      “Dot for Dot”, which you can change in the
      View menu.
      Note
      Please keep in mind, that every Pixel of an image is stored
      in the memory. If you’re creating large files with a high
      density of pixels, GIMP will need some
      time for every function you’re applying to the image.
      Portrait/Landscape buttons
      These buttons toggle between Portrait and Landscape mode.
      Concretely, their effect is to exchange the values for
      Width and Height. If the X and Y resolutions are
      different (in Advanced Options), then these values are
      exchanged also. On the right, image size, image resolution and
      color space are displayed.
      Advanced Options
      Figure 14.69. The “Advanced Options” dialog
      These are options that will mainly be of interest to more advanced
      users.
      X and Y resolution
      These values come into play mainly in relation to
      printing: they do not affect the size of the image in
      pixels, but they determine its size on paper when
      printed. They can also affect the way the image is
      displayed on the monitor: if “Dot for Dot” is
      switched off
      in the View menu, then at 100% zoom,
      GIMP attempts to display the image on the monitor at the
      correct physical size, as calculated from the pixel
      dimensions and the resolution. The display may not be
      accurate, however, unless the monitor has been calibrated.
      This can be done either when GIMP is installed, or from
      the Display tab of
      the Preferences dialog.
      Colorspace
      You can create the new image as either an RGB image or a grayscale
      image. You cannot create an indexed image directly in this way, but
      of course nothing prevents you from converting the image to indexed
      mode after it has been created.
      Fill
      You have four choices for the solid color that will fill
      the new image’s background layer:
      Foreground color, as shown in the Main
      Toolbox.
      Background color, as shown in the Main
      Toolbox.
      White, the more often used.
      Transparent. If this option is chosen,
      then the Background layer in the new image will be created
      with an alpha channel; otherwise not.
      Comment
      You can write a descriptive comment here. The text will
      be attached to the image as a “parasite”, and will be
      saved along with the image by some file formats (but not
      all of them).
      В 
      В 
      4.3.В Document History DialogВ 
      В 5.В 
      Misc. Dialogs

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