I haven't opened my bill yet, sort of scared to lol. Every winter, I always try to see if others have suggestions on what they do to keep their electric/gas bills down. To share what we have done to help lower our bills. My winter Electric bill is usually around $100/mo. (haven't checked my current one). Sometimes, when I'm not home a lot, vacations etc. it's lower. My gas is usually around $75/mo. or so. My applicances are gas. So, I don't use my oven. I don't use my dryer, I hang my clothes outside. I can get away with it even in Winter.
I never use my central heat/air. I use a oil-filled heater & bascially hang out in my bedroom. (it's kinda small). The rest of the house is very cold. We have a fireplace though, that we also use a lot. Before, winter comes we take our truck & go up to the local Mountains & get our wood. Then, we also buy a cord of wood. That usually last 2 Winters. I have 2 rooms that get a lot sun through the windows, so I use the natural heat from the sun to warm those rooms. It's my bedroom & a big bonus room. Even right now, without turning on the portable heater, it's very warm :) That's how I save on my utilities. How does everyone else.?
Honestly we don't really do anything. We keep it at a cool temperature but that's just because I get overheated easily and have problems with hives (which get worse with heat). We live in a 950 square foot apartment with really crappily insulated doors and windows and we pay about 90-120 a month in gas and electric.
We put plastic on all the Windows, it makes a huge difference. We also put a blanket over the attic door and the crawl space door. Also when we use the oven we leave it cracked when were done which heats that whole kitchen area nicely. Unplug anything we don't use regularly like the toaster oven or stereo.
We keep our house fairly cool, usually around 68. My husband and son are both hot natured and complain when it gets to warm. So I have gotten used to wearing layers. We have a pellet stove that we use in the event of the power going off but usually we just run the central heat/air. We replaced all of our windows a few years ago and had blown in insulation added to the walls. Other than that we don't really worry to much about the heating bill.
We have central heat and air with gas heat. We do our best keep our thermostat down to between 70 degrees and 72 degrees. Our house is approximately 2000 square feet, and it cost us about between 125- 150 dollars a month to heat the house. We also use our fire place a lot.