This winter, did you notice that you spent more money heating your home than you wanted to? Some of your windows are drafty, perhaps even whistling in a high wind?

If so, help is available. WindowDressers, a volunteer-powered, local, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is currently measuring customers' windows in Searsport and Belfast for inserts to be built at Union Hall in Searsport Oct. 16 to 26 and at the Belfast Boathouse Nov. 8 to 21.

WindowDressers advises signing up soon to get custom-sized inserts made this year. An order form is available at The next step is an appointment with a trained WindowDressers volunteer to measure the windows with a laser ruler, measuring down to the nearest 100th of an inch.

Inserts are interior storm windows that trap an additional two layers of air to increase the insulating R-value of windows. Drafts are eliminated by the snug fit inside existing windows to let in all the sunlight and views, while retaining heat inside the home.

Depending on the efficiency of the windows and home, homeowners can see fuel savings of up to 20 percent.

Pricing is based on size and finish (natural pine or painted white). A medium-sized 30 x 52-inch insert in pine costs $28 plus tax and in white costs $37 plus tax.

WindowDressers offers low-income households up to 10 pine inserts at no charge. Donations of any amount are always welcome. Costs are kept low because every customer volunteers in some way. The work is fun and easy and a great way to help your community and meet your neighbors, too!

For questions, call Belfast Local Coordinator Corliss Davis at 930-3562 or Searsport Local Coordinators Ray and Dianne Smith at 322-4443.