Town and Village

Free or low-cost insulating window inserts available in Bellows Falls

ROCKINGHAM — Rockingham and nearby residents can get free or low-cost window inserts to help keep their homes warm this winter. Window inserts are a simple, effective way to weatherize your home.

The Window Dressers program returns to Rockingham and Bellows Falls for the third year, sponsored by the Rockingham Energy Committee. A grant from the New England Grassroots Environment Fund will help pay for the free inserts.

All households eligible for LIHEAP or other public assistance programs qualify for up to 10 free inserts. Those interested who do not qualify for free inserts can purchase them for about $40 to $60 per window. Both owners and renters are eligible for this program, and Efficiency Vermont offers a $100 rebate for those who pay their own electric bill and buy at least three inserts.

Window insulating inserts are a great option for homeowners and renters because they do not require any fasteners, so they easily slide into existing window frames.

Each insulating window insert is a custom-made pine frame wrapped in two layers of tightly sealed, clear polyolefin film and finished with a compressible foam gasket. The foam allows the inserts to be easily slid into place in the fall and removed in the spring, while holding firmly enough to provide a tight, friction-based seal that stops drafts and adds two more insulating air spaces between your home and your window. Find out more at

The Energy Committee is making appointments now to have two volunteers come into one's home to measure windows and collect payment (if applicable). Inserts must be measured and paid for by Oct. 5. The build dates are Nov. 3–8 at the St. Charles Parish Hall/Social Center, 25 Cherry Hill St., Bellows Falls. At least one person from each household getting inserts is expected to volunteer on one or more of the build dates (depending on the order size), or send a friend if they cannot.

Anyone interested in scheduling a visit to measure their windows, ordering window inserts, participating in the build, or wanting more info should contact Peter Bergstrom at 802-444-1860 or [email protected].

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