I live Illinois and my electric bill has become out of control. I'm paying the going rate of 6.5 cents per kilowat, but I'm using 1500-3000 kilowats per month. My bills approach $300. My furnace and ac have both been replaced in the past year. My usage has seemed to be going up during the winter, which seems backwards to me. I have shut down a space heater that we run at night in my daughter's room. I hear that can be a few dollars per day. I am going to reprogram my thermostat so it is more efficient. When I bought this house 5 years ago,it had no lighting, so I put in about 50 recessed lights, and am using 75w sylvania halogen floods. They are supposed to be energy efficient. Are these killing me? I am considering joining a program where I can buy electricity at wholesale prices, but I would be locked into that program for a year. Right now, the price on that program would be 3.5 cents per kilowat, but it can spike at times of high usage. Any advice would be helpful.