I am not sure why our power bill has gone up so much over the past two months. It has been hot here (I live in Florida), but I am at home most of the day and don't run the air for most of that, I keep the blinds shut - except for 2 of them, partly open for one of our cats. We put the air on a bit when my husband gets home, and more when we go to sleep - but never below maybe 75. I keep it around 82 during the day. We don't take long showers, I run the washer/dryer a little more often now that my husband isn't wearing shorts to work (jeans, which take up a lot more room in our washer/dryer). We live in a 2 bedroom apartment, 1200 - 1300 square feet, and I have never had power bills as high as we have now ($175 last month, $225 this month). I know power costs are up, but so are the kilowatt hours. What have you all done to save money?, I am not sure if our apartment can lower our water heater thermostat or not. I don't run lights everywhere in the house, I do run a little more dishes and a little more laundry. Our kilowatt hours are up from 44 ot 56 for this time last year (per day). I can't imagine an extra load of dishes sometimes and running the washer/dryer a little more often is having that type of increase (from what I've read online, looking at what costs are associated with what items). I know power is a relative bargain, it's about the same price as a value size meal at McDonalds even when it's expensive, but I'd love to see it go down again! I appreciate more my very thrifty roommate of a couple of years ago, who wouldn't even run the air at night - our power bills were like $50 - $70 per month!