Ok, so my gas bill in my apartment (first floor of a three story building) was $155 this past month. That is fucking outrageous, and I'm trying to find out why it was so high. Our house has gas heat, for reference, so it makes sense that my bill would be higher than in the summer... but $155 is ridiculous. For comparison, my friend's gas bill was $118 for his entire three story house, and his house isn't insulated hardly at all.This is a basic, totally not-to-scale, general layout of my apartment
So. There are some obvious things we can do, like turning down our heat, which we do. We keep out thermostat set for 65 F/19 C, but it's a very shitty thermostat so it's possible that it's not working properly (which I wouldn't know how to fix anyway short of replacing it, which isn't going to happen because I don't own the place, I rent). I am hesitant to turn it down further, because my girlfriend is always cold as it is (even though I could probably stand to drop it a couple more degrees).
Our front windows are drafty, but we're in the process of making our own curtains now, so we'll see if that helps some. The apartment is small, less than 700 sq. ft., but we try to keep doors closed when we can, especially the bathroom which has a very poorly fitted window which leaks air like crazy. The kitchen window is similar, but there's very little we can do about that. We did hang a thick curtain in the hallway between the front of the house and the back of the house that we used in the summer to keep the cool air from the window AC unit in the front of the house, but I'm not sure if that's hurting or helping. Most of the time I try to keep it closed, but then our cats freak out because they don't realize they can just push through it to get to their litter boxes and food.
We also have a gas water heater, but that's turned down as well, and turning it down lower would likely mean lukewarm showers.
Aside from these things... I'm not really sure what else the issue could be. Maybe our heat is escaping upstairs to the neighbors that live above us? Maybe our heater is very inefficient?
Looking for things other people have done to control outrageous utility bills.