The burden of energy-related costs on the American consumer accounts for 8.3 percent of per-capita GDP. Consumers’ Research believes the quality, safety, cost, availability, and variety of energy and energy-related services used or desired by American consumers are improved by greater consumer knowledge and freedom. These value factors hold true for goods and services within both the private and public sector.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, although consumer spending on energy is down relative to its long-term average, it still comprises 5 percent of disposable income.

Source: http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=18471
Source: http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=18471

In addition, prices for energy has historically been more volatile than overall consumer prices, as shown below. This volatility can lead to significant uncertainty for the consumer, making it more difficult to budget for expenses (and can also affect investment holdings).

Source: http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=18471
Source: http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=18471

Consumers’ Research is engaged on informing consumers, elected officials, and those who make and oversee the implementation of regulations. We strive to make these bodies aware of the impacts that policies, regulations, and proposed legislation has on these value factors.

Our  basic methodology for energy-related projects includes the following steps:

Our current projects involves research into gasoline and consumer fuel prices, measuring the true value of traditional and alternative energy sources, and the impact of energy costs on the American consumer.

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