ARCHIVE 2010

Insider Storm Window Workshop

winsert-80On Sat. Dec. 18, 1-4 pm, GGEC offered its first-ever hands-on workshop for people who want to learn how to build a ‘Winsert,’ - an attractive but inexpensive interior storm window, which will make your home more comfortable, and help you save energy on your heating bills. The workshop will be led by experienced workshop organizers, Janice & Steve Kurkoski. No previous experience needed. It’s FREE, but pre-registration is required! Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 774-5667 today!

“Most older New England homes have leaky windows, but replacing them is enormously expensive,” said Janice Kurkoski, of the Warwick Energy Committee. “Winserts are a low cost way to solve that problem. With about $10 worth of wood, weatherstripping, and ultrafilm, (a very clear “shrink plastic”) you can build a double pane interior storm window that insulates better than a new hi-tech window. We installed winserts in our home last year, and the difference was amazing!”

Last month, Janice & Steve worked with Bryan Nugent and other members of the North Quabbin Energy group in a free workshop offered to ten people in the North Quabbin area. Using a grant from the North Quabbin Garlic & Arts Festival, each person took home a free Winsert for their home.

“I couldn't wait to get home Saturday to see how my new Winsert fit into my window,” wrote Richie Davis in his thank you letter to North Quabbin workshop leaders.  “Not only does it fit perfectly, it looks great and seems to work as promised. What I learned, by having people walk me through the steps in a hands-on, supportive workshop, is that it is possible to assemble something that can probably go a long way toward making our home more comfortable and energy-efficient in winter. There's tremendous power in feeling some degree of self-reliance, especially when these are skills that don't come naturally to me.”

At the Greenfield workshop, several people who have already built frames, will bring them to the workshop. During the workshop participants will put on the film and the weatherstripping. As for the frame, we will discuss how to build a frame, and brainstorm how we can work together to build more Winserts for attendees and other Greenfield residents.

GGEC will also hand out a resource about programs that offer FREE money to help residents upgrade their homes and reduce their energy use through air sealing and insulation.

Greening Greenfield Energy Committee (GGEC) is organizing this workshop to empower residents to cut their utility bills using low-cost techniques. For instructions on how to make a Winsert go to the North Quabbin Energy web site at www.northquabbinenergy.org. GGEC works with Greenfield residents and the Town of Greenfield using ‘greening’ as the inspirational and economic engine to build a more sustainable Greenfield so that current and future generations can enjoy life in this beautiful abundant valley. To learn more about GGEC and the Greenfield 10% Challenge go to www.GreeningGreenfield.org.

To learn more about how to build a "Winsert," and where to find the materials, click here.

To watch a video on how to make the frame, click here. (Thank you Michael Nix!)

PS. Following this workshop Several people decided to bulk-purchase the film, and Benjamin Miner, of Miner Carpentry offered a workshop to build a winsert frames. He plans to offer another one next fall. Sandra Boston is the keeper of the bulk film, which is very inexpensive! If interested in getting involved, hit "contact us" in the upper right corner of this web site or email us a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Following are some images from the frame-building workshop.

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