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