As the temps fall, now is a great time to start looking at your home with winter in mind. There are some simple things you can do to help keep the utility bills down and assess how energy efficient your home is.

Popular Mechanics has some great winterization tips. The #1 thing they recommend doing is replacing your furnace filter.

Home renovation expert, Bob Vila, recommends adding window insulation film to your windows. He estimates that this $25 kit can keep 70% of your home's heat from escaping.

The Art of Manliness website advises reversing your ceiling fans so that they rotate clockwise and push warm air down. They also think it's a great idea to get in the habit of wearing sweaters so you don't have to run the thermostat so high to keep warm.

Business Insider even goes as far as recommending that you remove any window AC units you have and covering those windows with a tarp or covering since that AC won't get used this winter anyway.

If you've reached the point where your the cost of winterizing your home has become too much, you can also consider checking out some of the Energy-Smart homes offered by Clayton Homes of Filer. You can see their model homes for yourself at 21360 Highway 30 in Filer.