Houston, TX – Today Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), an organization that advocates for energy consumers, released 10 tips to help consumers save gas and money this driving season. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently estimated that gas prices are expected to be about the same as last year, rising to a high of $3.66 a gallon during the April-through-September driving season.
According to AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report, the average national price for a gallon of gasoline is now $3.69, a 16-cent increase from just a month ago. The hardest-hit states are Hawaii and California, where the average cost per gallon of regular gasoline exceeds $4.00. CEA estimates that gas prices will increase about 5 percent (or around 15 cents a gallon) this spring leading into the summer driving season. Much of this price increase is due to annual fuel changes required by the U.S. government. The average U.S. household spends almost $3,000 on gasoline per year, or about 4 percent of their income before taxes.
“Instead of worrying about rising prices when pulling into the gas station this driving season, consumers should be focused on their summer vacations,” said David Holt, President of CEA. “With the right federal and state energy policies in place, we can help to bring future relief to America’s motorists.”
Holt added: “For consumers on a fixed budget, increased gas prices are no small matter. The good news is there are steps consumers can take to offset high gas prices. CEA looks forward to working with all its member companies from the energy producing and consuming sectors to help educate consumers on the actions they can take to save money and gas this driving season.”
Growing domestic production of oil and shale gas will help keep energy prices relatively stable in the long term, as more of these developed energy resources are introduced to national and regional energy markets. This growth is one of many reasons why CEA supports an “all-of-the-above” energy policy that supports American jobs, creates economic opportunities and protects American energy consumers.
To review CEA’s tips for saving gas and money, please visit: http://theenergyvoice.com/consumer-tips-saving-gas-money/.