A shady spot isn’t just a pleasant place to relax on a hot summer day: shade can help keep your home cool, too. On the inside of the home, you can install new blinds or drapes to block the sun. If you’re in a type of home that will allow for it, you can install awnings or plant trees or shrubs that keep the sun from directly hitting the home. It may not seem like much, but you’ll notice a real difference when you’re sitting by a shaded window compared to sitting by a window in full sun