The UU Church of Belfast has been co-sponsoring a Window Dressers “community build” since 2012. We work with other local churches and with many, general community volunteers. Window Dressers, founded by two members of the Rockland UU church, organizes volunteers around the state to make low-cost insulating window inserts. In 2016 in Belfast alone, over 100 Waldo County volunteers, in the tradition of an old-fashion barn raising, built more than 500 inserts for some 60 customers. Eleven local businesses supported the builds with food, supplies, and volunteers.

There are 557,000 homes in Maine, and over 90 percent of them need weatherization. A total of 6,200 inserts were produced state-wide in 2016 and 2017 promises to be even bigger and better. Individually measured inserts are ordered by customers who pay an incredibly affordable price because most also volunteer a few hours at their local build. In addition, Window Dressers sets aside 22% of its annual total insert production for low-income households, who contribute a small donation.

Window Dressers is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization dedicated to helping Maine residents by minimizing heat loss through windows. Inserts offer an inexpensive alternative to window replacement, with an average window costing about $25. With 30% of home heat loss through windows alone, inserts reduce home heating fuel use and CO2 emissions simultaneously and cut down on drafts around windows as well.

Interested in learning more? Take a look at WindowDressers.org or call (207) 596-3073 for details or to sign up as a potential customer, or to volunteer.