Summer is here and it's hot. So how can we keep cool without burning holes in our wallets?

Energy Savers has plenty of low- and no-cost ways to save energy in the summer:

  • Take advantage of natural ventilation—especially if it cools off at night where you live
  • Use window treatments and coverings to gain cool air and keep out heat
  • Use a ceiling fan to keep air circulating, and room fans to pull in cool morning and evening air

You can also follow the suggestions in our previous blog entry on How to Save Energy in the Kitchen During the Summer.

While many people can do more to save energy at home—from adding insulation to installing energy-efficient windows, doors, and skylights—for others these options are financially out of reach. The Weatherization Assistance Program enables low-income families to permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.

The program has helped more than 6.4 million U.S. households over the past 30 years. Weatherization services include the building envelope (insulation, windows, doors, weatherstripping, and air sealing), heating and cooling systems, electrical systems, and appliances.

If you're interested in the program, the first step is to contact your state weatherization agency and apply for assistance. Upon approval, your state agency will have a professional energy assessment performed on your home and then schedule the work to be provided. See an overview—including a video—of the energy assessment process.