So, the electric bill that we were supposed to get on "approximately" June 17 came today. We were wondering how much it would be because everyone tells us that electricity is very expensive here. The bill covers 2 months and is for 95 euro, which is currently about $130. This means we will pay about the same amount as we did in Maine on average, but we use much less electricity here, I am sure. We have not had to have fans running here, the appliances are all smaller and more basic, so I imagine they use a fair bit less, and we use as much as possible during the off-peak hours overnight/early morning. The water heater is set up that way and I try to get laundry and any breakfast cooking done before off-peak hours end. The fridge runs off and on throughout the day, but not nearly as often as the one in Maine did; I do use the stove and sometimes the oven for cooking and baking during the day; we've had the computers plugged in; and sometimes charge the phone and my Nook. Because it stays light out until 11 pm, we hardly use any lights, except for in the bathroom, because there are no windows in there. There’s no “ghost usage" because every outlet and appliance has a switch, so the electricity gets turned off when something isn’t in use. I used to forget to turn off these switches sometimes when we first got here, but it’s becoming a habit now and I rarely forget anymore.