Houston, TX – Today Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), an organization that advocates for energy consumers, released 10 tips for energy consumers to save money on winter energy bills. More than 90 percent of U.S. homes are expected to have higher bills for heating costs this winter, a recent U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) report shows.

According the federal government, homes using natural gas for heat may see their prices increase by about $679 – 13% higher than a year ago, but still 4% below the average for the previous five winters. Homes relying on electricity for heat (about 38% of U.S homes) will likely pay about 2% more for heat compared with last year.

“Consumers should be spending more for holiday presents not for energy bills,” said David Holt, President of CEA. “With a proper federal energy policy, these harsh winter forecasts that are being predicted for many parts of the country should not also pinch American families by increasing heating costs.”

Holt added: “For a family on a fixed budget increased energy costs are no small matter. The good news is there are steps consumers can take to offset high heating costs. CEA looks forward to working with all its member companies from the energy and consuming sectors to help educate consumers on the actions they can take to save money on winter energy bills.”

High energy prices are driven by high demand, as well as regulatory requirements and bottlenecks to increasing production. Even with new discoveries in oil and natural gas inside the United States, a combination of stifling government regulations, inadequate energy infrastructure and continued economic growth in the U.S. keep energy prices high.

To review CEA’s tips for winterizing a home and saving energy, please visit: http://www.theenergyvoice.com/10-tips-save-money-energy-bills/.

Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) brings together consumers, producers and manufacturers to engage in a meaningful dialogue about America’s energy future. Our mission is to help ensure stable prices for consumers and improve energy security. We believe energy development impacts everyone, and thus it is necessary for all consumers to actively engage in the conversation about the importance of energy to the economy and how we develop and diversify our energy resources. CEA promotes a thoughtful dialogue to help produce our abundant energy supply, and balance our energy needs with our nation’s environmental and conservation goals.