Consumer Affairs and SHOPP Coordinator, Department of Energy Resources
With Memorial Day fast approaching, so is the summer driving season. If you are like me and do the bulk of your car travel during the summer, you want to be aware of the predicted seasonal gas prices and ways to offset these costs. The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) just published its Short-Term Energy and Summer Fuels Outlook which predicts an average US price of $2.92/gallon from April 1-Sept 30, with periods when the price will top $3.00. EIA publishes a monthly update to the Short-Term outlook, with the next update due out May 11. EIA is also a great resource for comprehensive energy information including individual state profiles (MA is here).
Locally, DOER follows AAA for prices and its Fuel Gauge Report Website publishes both statewide and state regional averages from the Cape to Pittsfield. DOER publishes the past week’s average in Home and Auto Fuel Prices with a chart highlighting the prices compared to the previous year. The US EPA’s Fuel Economy site also posts Massachusetts links in its Where to Find the Lowest Prices. Fueleconomy.gov also provides information on buying fuel efficient vehicles, comparing your vehicle to others, and tax incentives for purchasing alternative fuel vehicles.
For tips on gasoline savings: the Governor’s office has a comprehensive tips page that includes references for biking, local vacations, and information for daily commuting. DOER also publishes the Driving More Efficiently Tip Sheet which highlights vehicle care and other ways to maximize gas efficiency. Being a prepared consumer can help you calculate the costs for summer driving before you head out on the road.
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