The Independence Day holiday weekend is almost here! If you're like many Americans, this is a favorite weekend to gather up family and friends, cook a delicious meal, and enjoy the outdoors. Saving energy during these summer gatherings can be a little trickier in the summer than in the winter.

Though you may barbecuing and most of your guests may be outside, there can still be a lot of opening and closing doors, cooking, and bodies to heat things up inside the house. All of that activity can really cause your cooling system to work overtime, but there are things you can do to avoid heat buildup. Tell us:

How do you save energy when entertaining in the summer?

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