If you are tired of rising heating costs, you can fight back against them by making your home more energy efficient. Here are three steps you can take this winter to increase the energy efficiency of your home and lower your heating costs at the same time.

#1 Keep The Heat Inside Of Your Home

A lot of heat in your home is lost as air flows out around your windows and as cold air is transmitted through your windows. If you put your hand near the glass, the temperatures around the window will be colder than they are throughout the rest of your house. That is because, although glass keeps most of the cold outside, it also conducts some of that coldness into your house.

The best way to keep the heat inside of your house is by using window treatments. There are a variety of different window treatments that you can use. You can install plantation shutters inside of your house that you can swing shut to keep the cold out. Shutters are highly effective because they are generally made out of strong building materials, such as wood, that will provide a high layer of protection and really help keep the cold from the windows out of your home. For information on the most energy-efficient shutters, contact a company like Beard's Window Coverings.

You can further increase the efficiency of your shutters by installing window treatments over your shutters as well. That way when the polar vortex rolls into town and the temperatures really drop, you can close your shutters as well as your curtains to keep the cold outside.

#2 Install Window Film

Another way to reduce the heat that is lost around your windows is by installing window film over your windows. You can easily install window film on your windows on your own, or hire someone to do it for you. You can install clear window film that is just designed to lower the amount of heat that is transferred through your windows. You can also have storm-resistant window film installed if you live somewhere that gets a lot of strong wind storms; this type of film will protect your window against flying objects and keep the glass together should your window be damaged in a storm. You can also have tinted window film installed to increase your privacy.

#3 Caulking Around Your Windows

Finally, the seams around your windows, where the frame meets with the rest of your home, is another area where air tends to leak out around your windows. You can reduce the cold air that seeps into your house around your windows by applying caulking around your window frame both inside and outside of your house. Doing this both inside and outside of your house will help reduce the cold air that comes into your home uninvited.