BAR HARBOR — Mount Desert Island residents can sign up for volunteers to measure their windows in advance of a Mount Desert Island Community Build of cost-saving window inserts. The island build will take place the week of Oct. 12.
Window Dressers inserts help the environment by lowering CO2 emissions levels by nearly 25 percent and lowering heating fuel costs by an equal amount. Homeowners, landlords and renters can sign up now for the low-cost energy-saving window inserts and schedule a volunteer team to come measure the windows.
Inserts have an average cost of $2 per square foot and are available in white or natural pine finish. Homeowners usually recoup their investment in the first year with savings on heating fuel. Special pricing is offered to low-income residents.
Inserts are custom measured and cut, then wrapped with clear polyolefin film and shrunk drum-tight on both sides to create clear views through an insulating dead-air space. Foam weather stripping around the outer edges stops drafts and gives the insert a clean custom fit.
At WindowDressers, customers are also the volunteers, so whether people bring food or skills, everyone makes new friends, creates more warmth in winter and builds new relationships in the community for a lifetime. This year, hundreds of volunteers will be engaged in week-long Community Builds at churches and community centers.