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Time to order insulating window inserts for a warmer home

Apr 13, 2021

Drafty windows? High heating bills? Would you like to have a warmer home and save money? Nonprofit WindowDressers can help ― with insulating window inserts that fit inside your existing windows to let in sunlight and views while keeping more heat inside your home.

The high-quality, low-cost inserts are built at barn-raising-style community builds across Maine and Vermont. Built of attractive pine frames, the inserts are wrapped drum-tight with a durable plastic film to create clear views through an insulating air space. Foam weather stripping around the outer edges stops drafts and aids the insert’s tight, custom fit.

The inserts are installed inside windows, held in place by friction. Depending on the efficiency of a home and its existing windows, the inserts can deliver fuel savings of up to 20%.

Pricing is based on size and finish (natural pine or white). A medium-sized 30-by-52-inch insert in pine costs $39 plus tax and in white costs $50 plus tax. WindowDressers offers low-income households up to 10 pine inserts at no charge. Donations of any amount are always welcome.

The local WindowDressers volunteer team is accepting orders now for the fall build season. Volunteers will begin measuring windows in August when vaccination rates are higher and COVID rates have dropped. The inserts will be assembled at local community builds in the fall, following all public health guidance at that time.

The organization is planning workshops in Searsport in October and Belfast in November. Everyone who orders inserts also participates in the community build. The number of homes taken on by the local community build is limited, so interested households should sign up right away at WindowDressers.org or call 596-3073.

 

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