Although the start of the school year signals the end of summer fun for most families, this arbitrary deadline has little to do with the weather. So you might find the high temperatures of summer lingering long after the kids are back in the vaunted halls of learning. And while family members are likely at work or in school during the hottest part of the day, that doesn’t mean you want to come home to a structure that has turned into an oven in your absence. That said, running the air conditioning throughout the day to ensure a cool home will cost you a pretty penny. Even if you set your programmable thermostat to kick on an hour before you return, the energy bills for cooling could still be astronomical until the cool breezes of fall bring relief. Luckily, there are ways to beat the heat during the dog days of summer without paying an arm and a leg. Here are some natural remedies you’re sure to appreciate.