I'm still a starter in the ring of electric smoking. I've used my smoker 2 times and have had really good turn outs with pulled pork. My question though deals more with power consumption. I got my first power bill and I was SHOCKED to say the least as it's a lot higher than it normal ever has been before. We have had a very mild winter up until today so I've keep my thermostat set at 69 in the house. I'm using a MES 30' and it has a thermostat on it so I would think it would run much like a oven once a desired/per set temp is hit the heating element turns off? At this point I was planning on not using the smoker for the rest of the month until I receive my next power bill to gauge if it's high due to usage or not. Anyone else with this model noticed a spike in power bills? Maybe I might be placing blame on the wrong thing?