Stay Cool This Summer with GovBenefits.gov!

Did you know that cooling and heating are the largest energy expenses in the average American home?

If you need assistance paying your energy bills this summer, look into the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) offered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). You may also be eligible for the U.S. Department of Energy?s (DOE) Weatherization Assistance Program for Low-Income Persons, the nation's largest residential energy efficiency program. This program aims to insulate homes and conserve energy in the community.

Here are a few simple energy-saving tips to make the heat, and the bills, more bearable this year.

TIP 1: Seal Any Air Leaks. Weatherstrip any area that allows hot air into your home and cool air out. Seal up windows, skylights and doors with caulking from your local hardware store.

TIP 2: Don?t Cool an Empty House. Leaving the house for the day or a few days? Turn up the thermostat to 85 degrees. Try to keep it at around 75 degrees while you are home to reduce your energy costs.

TIP 3: Turn on the Fans. Did you know that ventilation using house fans is actually the most energy efficient way to cool your home, according to the U.S. Department of Energy? You can even turn up your thermostat while using fans because the air circulation cools down the room ? saving you more each month.

TIP 4: Take Advantage of a Cool Summer Night. If you live in a climate that gets cooler in the evenings, open the windows overnight to let in the cool air. In the morning, shut all the windows and close curtains or blinds to trap the cool air in and help keep out the heat of the day.

You can find more summer energy-saving tips at EnergyStar.gov and at the U.S. Department of Energy?s EnergySavers.gov. Want to learn more about the best way to cool your specific type of home? Visit the ?Your Home? section on EnergySavers.gov.

GovBenefits.gov wants you and your family to stay cool this summer!