Requests being taken for window inserts

Thu, 06/13/2024 - 1:30pm

The WindowDressers 2024 Program is accepting requests for inserts. Started in 2010 by Richard Cadwgan and Frank Mundo, WindowDressers (WD) brings volunteers together to improve the warmth and comfort of homes, reducing both heating costs and CO2 emissions by producing low-cost insulating window inserts that function as interior-mounted storm windows. The WD staff supplies, trains and supports teams of community volunteers to build the window inserts. To apply, fill out the form at Participants will be assigned to the closest Community Build. Both Brunswick and Bath have Window Dressers programs for 2024 and we thank Habitat for Humanity 7 Rivers Maine, an integral partner to the Bath area program.

Each insulating window insert is a custom-made pine frame wrapped in two layers of tightly sealed, clear polyolefin film and finished with a compressible foam gasket. The foam allows enough give for the inserts to be easily slid into place in the fall and removed in the spring, while holding firmly enough to provide a tight, friction-based seal that stops drafts and adds two more insulating air spaces between the home and the window. If inserts ever are damaged, frames can be rewrapped. Our research shows that, in a typical house, one medium pine insert (30” x 52”) may save an average of 8.5 gallons of heating oil (0.8 gallons) every year, for an estimated savings of $15-$43 per year, depending on variations in fuel price. Our inserts generally pay for themselves in two heating seasons or less.

The low cost of WD inserts is made possible by having customers participate in the Community Build where their inserts are constructed. WD recommends one four-hour shift for every three to five inserts ordered. No experience needed. All skills are simple and are taught on-site. There are many different ways to participate for all levels of ability and mobility.

Window Dressers also welcomes volunteers who may not be seeking inserts, but who just want a hands-on, community-building experience. Opportunities include helping to publicize the WD program, measuring the windows in participants’ homes, and building the inserts during the Community Build week. In Bath, the Community Build week is Oct. 7-11 and signup is at the WD website.

To apply for inserts or to help during the Community Build week, visit To volunteer, contact Paul Perkins at