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For quick cost cutting on your electricity bill, try this:

Contact your utility companyMany offer a free home-energy auditYou may find that making simple changes like running the dishwasher at night rather than during the day could reduce your electric bill by up to 40 percentOff-peak rates and other options can save you $100 a year.

Be sure to check out the savings possible under "load management" programs, tooWith these programs, you can get discounts on your electric bill just by allowing your utility company to put a device on your water heater and air conditioner that switches them off briefly during periods of high demand.