As readers of this blog know, Joe loves to learn about non-profits that serve the Maine population in all different types of ways. Until recently, he had never heard of WindowDressers, a volunteer-driven non-profit organization dedicated to helping Maine residents reduce heating costs, fossil fuel consumption, and CO-2 emissions by lowering the amount of heat loss through windows.
WindowDressers has developed a community-based volunteer model that taps into individual and collective interest in saving on fuel costs, helping fellow citizens and sparing the environment from unnecessary CO2 pollution. Their target is leaky windows in Maine’s housing stock, the oldest in the nation. Inserts offer an affordable alternative to window replacement.
WindowDressers customers save, on average, ten to twenty percent on their fuel consumption, which translates in most cases to payback within the first heating season. They donate 22% of their inserts to low-income families who could not otherwise afford them. Many of these families choose to donate back to the program in order to help other families.
Joe thinks this is a great idea and encourages you to learn more about WindowDressers here.