I borrowed a kill-a-watt meter from someone on the Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Precycle (?) anyway the RRRP yahoo group. Our older freezer takes more power than our newer freezer, but not much more. Unfortunately our water heater is wired directly and so we can't tell how much power it is sucking. We think a lot, as in our previous home we had a gas water heater and our electric bills were half as much as they are here, kWh cost being about the same. The most immediately useful thing we learned is that the electric palm tree I got for Christmas from a friend, and which I really like (it is cool!) takes more power than anything in our house while it is on. Unless we ran our microwave all the time, that is the most power/time of anything, but we hardly use it. The palm tree is really nifty, so it is good that I know it's a hog, or I would have it on more often. Anyway, if you can get your hands on a kill-a-watt, I would recommend it. Very interesting. The woman who lent it to me has reduced her electric bill considerably. She found that their waterbed heaters were real pigs, so out with the waterbeds! Also unplugged lots of stuff and so on. My hubby watches a lot of TV (while doing other stuff usually) and tapes things on the VCR at night, so we can't turn those off. Our electric bill is about $60.month, but we think that is high because in our old house it was about $30. We have always hung up all of our laundry to dry since 1991. Helps with in house humidity, plus the clothes don't wrinkle hardly at all like if they sit in a heap in a dryer. Not sure about the stiff problem, haven't noticed or maybe we are used to it. Half the year clothes go outside, when they blow around they certainly don't get stiff. We do put vinegar in our laundry once in a while, that dissolves built up detergent, which might be contributing to the stiffness. What I like is that my clothes don't shrink in the dryer - if they get tighter, it means I got fatter! Plus they wear out more slowly, that saves money in the long run, too. We have CF bulbs everyplace in our house that we can put them, in every room of the house except the bedrooms used for storage. A lot of long fluorescents as well, in the kitchen and basement. In multiple bulb fixtures we leave one regular bulb, so that it comes on right away. Otherwise there is that small delay and visitors tend to turn the switch back and forth thinking something is wrong. We thought about solar shingles, but decided the inverter stuff cost too much.