Dennis Woos and I are spending this week building energy saving window inserts in Bristol VT for residents here in Addison County who have high fuel consumption/bills because of drafty windows.
Next weekend there will be a community build in Burlington at the Rock Point School, this Friday-Sunday 11/12-14. We thought that Generator members might like to get involved with!
Testing has shown that interior inserts like these are among the most effective window treatments and can cut heating bills by nearly 10%. In many cases renters pay their heating bill; we hope that this can be a simple way to reduce energy burden. For homeowners, windows are expensive to replace and this provides a cost effective option to reduce drafts and energy costs. Homeowners and renters are participating in this accessible way to take part in Burlington’s energy goals.
Window Dressers, a non-profit in Maine, has helped train our volunteers and has supplied tools and materials to measure and build these interior window inserts. For these inserts to be high quality, have a lifetime of 10 years, and be affordable (typically $40 a piece), volunteers are needed to assist with the labor. Window Dressers has pre-cut the frames which will be assembled by volunteers this weekend.
We need volunteers to build November 12-14th. Volunteers can connect with organizers at (802) 868-1694 or [email protected]. You can sign up here for shifts during the November build: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/1097012304413042075/false#/invitation
More information about Window Dressers: “WindowDressers is a Maine-based 501c3 nonprofit that brings volunteers together to improve the warmth and comfort of homes, lower heating costs, and reduce CO2 emissions by producing attractive, low-cost, insulating window inserts that function as interior-mounted storm windows.” Here’s Window Dresser’s website (https://windowdressers.org/) and an intro video (https://vimeo.com/300353941).
Jody Woos, (she/her)