Just got the electric bill. Used 1190 kw/hrs. I noticed last year, during the same billing period (its on the bill), the usage was 2086 kwH. While I just started shacking up full time with "the women" within the last several months, the usage has nearly been cut in half compared to when I did not live here! This is with another person in the house full time (me) compared to last year (when we were dating). Also, the weather has been really hot for the last 6 weeks. Temps in mid 90's to over 100. Changes I made were: Educating the 2 kids about electricity. "Like yea, it does cost money to run the lights, tv, etc" They are good about it now. Change general lighting over to compact florecents. Intalled a cheap energy star window a/c unit that provides about 80 percent of the cooling needs. Bought her an Energy Star washing machine for Christmas. Dry clothes on the outside clothesline. This may have made the largest difference. Thats it! Not a whole lot of effort or money to cut electricity use nearly in half, with one more person in the house.