For an average 2000 sq ft Canadian home, the average monthly electrical bill $142 (based on household average monthly usage of 1000Kw) (This does not including electrically heated homes). Ontario Energy Board prices.
The average annual heating cost with natural gas is $1100/year; with oil $3700/year ; with propane $4200/yearand with an electric furnace or baseboard $3300/year.
You can monitor your electricity usage with a plug load monitor. Inexpensive plug in monitor to find out individual device electrical use
Buy energy efficient appliances -check the Energy Star rating.
For lighting use compact fluorescent- LED (they cost more but lasts a long time)
How about a solar clothes dryer? – use a clothesline and do laundry in cold water.
Ceiling fans to circulate air.
Time of use: depending on time of year, electricity costs are lower at certain times of the day. These times change twice a year.