WATERVILLE — The local WindowDressers volunteer team in the Waterville area is accepting orders for the fall community build season. The Waterville area build is set for Thursday to Wednesday, Nov. 9-15, at the Children’s Discovery Museum at 7 Eustis Parkway.

The insulating window inserts fit inside of one’s existing windows to let in all the sunlight and views while keeping more heat inside the home, according to a news release from John Gardner, local Window Dressers coordinator for Waterville.

The inserts are high quality and low cost because they are built at barn-raising-style community builds across Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Everyone who orders inserts also participates in the community build. Participation is part of the cost of getting inserts.

The inserts are built of pine frames and wrapped tight with two layers of durable plastic film. These layers create an insulating air space while letting in all the light and views. Foam weather stripping around the outer edges stops drafts and ensures the insert’s snug fit. Depending on the efficiency of one’s windows and home, one could see fuel savings of up to 20% with inserts in place.

Once signed up, trained volunteers will schedule a time to measure windows for the custom-built inserts. Then, all volunteers will gather to build the inserts at a local community build.

For people who are experiencing financial hardship, WindowDressers offers up to 10 inserts per year for no cost. For middle and high income homes and businesses, the price is a fraction of the cost of similar commercial products.


Pricing is based on the exact size of the insert. A medium-sized 30-inch by 52-inch insert in pine costs $48.50 plus tax.

WindowDressers is a nonprofit organization.

The deadline for having windows measured is Sunday, Oct. 1, so interested households should sign up online at windowdressers.org or call Gardner at 208-867-2570.


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