Window Dressers help to warm homes, save money, protect environment


KENNEBUNK, Maine – Maggie Bartenhagen likes that slight rattle she hears in her home in Kennebunk on cold, blustery nights during the late fall and winter.

To her, that’s a sound of warmth – of the window inserts that she and her husband, Nick, built and installed, doing their thing.

“Even with good, quality windows, you still have a little bit of leakage when you have wind,” Maggie said, referring to draughts. “These just block it.”

These are not ordinary window inserts, the kind for which you’d likely have to pay a pretty penny somewhere. These inserts were made by the Bartenhagens and other volunteers who call themselves Window Dressers.

Nick and Maggie Bartenhagen are seen here with an insert they built for their Kennebunk home with Window Dressers, a nonprofit organization that helps people keep their homes warm, save money, and reduce their carbon footprint in the environment. Another one of their inserts is installed in the window behind them, on the left.

Based in Rockland, Window Dressers is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring “community volunteers of all economic and social situations together to improve the warmth and comfort of interior spaces, lower heating costs, and reduce carbon dioxide pollution.” The organization pursues this goal by producing low-cost insulating inserts that work as custom storm windows that you mount from inside your home, business or facility.

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