It's also an ideal time to take some simple steps to stay cool and save money.
The following are energy saving ideas:
* Keep your doors closed. According to Energy Star, minimizing door traffic and sealing leaks around windows and doors with caulking or weather stripping can help save up to 10 percent on annual energy bills,
* Close your curtains or blinds during the day. The U.S. Department of Energy found this quick and easy step can help reduce heat gain inside your home by 45 percent, which means your home stays cooler so your air conditioner doesn't have to work as hard,
* Bump up the thermostat. Adjusting your thermostat up a degree or two can keep you comfortable while reducing your energy consumption, and
* Use your microwave instead of the oven. Not only will it cut down on excessive heat in the kitchen, a microwave used 70 percent less energy than a regular electric oven.
For more energy saving tips and information -- including a thermostat calculator that demonstrates possible savings -- log on to www.duke-energy.com. Click the "residential" tab and select your state. Tips and tools are available in the "Save Energy and Money" section.