I realize that it is probably (okay, definitely) odd that someone would be excited about their electric bill, but I am. Here is why.
Over the summer we decided to install ceiling fans (to reduce cooling and heating costs). We also decided to change out all of the light bulbs in the house to compact florescent light bulbs (CFL bulbs). The CFL bulb costs were offset due to rebate offers, which made them an ever better investment.
Last year at this time we were running a furnace to heat our home to a mere 64 degrees (okay, 68 when the "heat miser" was at work) and our hot water. We also periodically ran some small ceramic space heaters to warm our family room. Total kilowatt hours: 822.
This year we are running a pellet stove (75 degrees daytime and 83 degrees overnight), ceiling fans, CFL bulbs and the solar system pump and no ceramic space heaters. Total kilowatt hours: 492.
I am just floored! I cannot wait to see what the kilowatt usage in April will be as that was our pre-solar and CFL bulbs period and lowest kilowatts usage at 365.