We rent a single-level, three bedroom, two bath house with a lot of components, like doors and windows, that would normally be used in trailer construction; it's all electric and we pay our electric bill. It hasn't even been that cold this year (this is the first time it's been down in the teens) and our electric bill is consistently $160 or more for the last three months, even though -ALL of our bulbs are the energy-efficient kind -the thermostat is set to 60-62 during the day and 55 at night -we take short showers -I can't bake because our oven has a terrible smell (this is another landlord issue :P) -we've sealed our windows with plastic sheeting and have draft dodgers at the doors -we only do laundry/run the dishwasher on the cold setting and when they are full -we have a new refrigerator -we have checked the wattage on all of our small appliances and unplug most of them when not in use. We just don't know what else we can do! We're going to stop running the dishwasher altogether, I think. I know that the rates have gone up, but the last 3-bedroom house I lived in in this town NEVER got a higher bill than $130, and we weren't being that careful. Is my landlord obligated to do anything? Will it help to ask, especially considering that our rent is already high? We're lucky enough that we can pay the bill, it just seems awfully high and it's frustrating that we are taking every conceivable measure only to find that it makes no difference from month to month.