With high temperatures and humidity expected to last through next week, Xcel Energy is offering tips to help kids home for the summer and those working from home find relief from the heat.

“We encourage our customers, just some simple things, close your drapes and your blinds during the heat of the day there, make sure that you’ve got your ceiling fans going to help circulate cool air throughout the home.”

Xcel’s John Marshall says home cooling can account for up to half of a summertime electric bill. He also recommends installing a programmable thermostat that raises the temperature when the house is empty.