Looking for ways to beat the heat? One or more of the following improvements will make your home more comfortable and at the same time lower your utility bill. Shade trees strategically located on the south or east sides of the house are an attractive and inexpensive way to insulate the home from the sun. And speaking of insulation, adding or upgrading insulation at the floor, walls and attic will really cool things down—and like the tree planting –can be a do it yourself project. High efficiency double pane windows, decorative window awnings, reflective window film and dense vinyl mesh window screening are a few of the many ways to make your home—sweet home. Check with your local utility company for rebates and other incentives for energy-efficient improvements such as these.