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Window Dressers

Help Us Cut Oil Consumption and Keep Neighbors Warm

 

Our congregation is spearheading a community-wide project called Window Dressers to build interior window inserts this coming fall for those who want to save on heating costs while keeping their houses warm. The Monadnock Window Dressers must raise $3000 to $5000 to cover the cost of donating 25-35 percent of these inserts to area residents, plus cover expenses such as gas for the measuring teams. The inserts, which we will build together, eliminate air leaks in windows during the cold months and Sunday’s special collection, which is being matched by the community services fund, will go to the Window Dressers organization for the Monadnock region build.

 

These simple pine-framed, plastic-wrapped inserts are precision-measured and create an air barrier between two layers of heat-shrink plastic. The beauty is that they can be used year after year and are easily repaired. Since 2010, the Window Dressers project has grown to benefit communities in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire and to date has saved more than 3 million gallons of heating oil, preventing 37,000 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. Homeowners have collectively saved almost $2 million in heating costs.

 

These reusable, insulated, interior inserts cost from $35 to $80, far less than replacing a leaky window. Even if you just order one or two for that one cold room, you’ll notice the difference this winter. In addition to your donations, we need people to help talk about and market this project this summer. We also will need someone to coordinate lunch for each day of assembly and we need people to make soups or sandwiches for the build, a modern-day barn raising, if you will, which will take place from October 25 to 30. And we need people to help us assemble the inserts at that time, working a four-hour shift or two on days or evenings of the build. This community labor also helps reduce the cost for everyone.

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