|Paying for energy is a major and growing concern for everyone, from individual consumers to state and national governments. State and federal laws limit what governments can do to influence energy prices. However, all energy consumers have a lot of power to control their energy costs and expenditures.
Trying to cope with growing energy costs can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, there are a number of resources to help you lower your energy costs. Any changes can quickly become part of a daily routine, freeing time and organizational energy for the next step. And, any money saved might become available to help pay for larger steps.
Planning for energy costs is another major challenge due to price volatility. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the impacts of price volatility on budget planning.
Pre-buy contracts for heating fuels and budget payment plans for fuel purchases can be effective ways to manage winter heating costs.
The Office of Energy and Planning does not project or estimate future energy prices. The US Energy Information Agency provides forecasts and analyses of energy prices and their Short Term Energy Outlook can change monthly. Also, please see the Deliverable Fuels Pricing page regarding the pricing of propane, fuel oil, kerosene, diesel fuel and gasoline (so-called "deliverable fuels").
Frequently asked questions about heating fuels and motor fuels.