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 [1].

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 [2] to work overtime, but there are things you can do to avoid heat buildup [3]. Tell us:

How do you save energy when entertaining in the summer?

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