New Storm Windows for the Library

On Martin Luther King Day, Herring Gut Learning Center Island Fellow, and Jackson Memorial Library Volunteer, Alexandria Brasilialong with other community volunteers led a service project to build and install 8 interior storm windows at the Library.

The purpose of this project was to bring awareness to energy use and energy efficiency in the community and to help reduce energy costs in a public building. The average Maine home spends almost $3,500 a year on energy costs, with about 50% going toward home heating needs. Many of Maine's buildings are old and drafty and much of the heat that is generated is lost due to poor insulation and weatherization.

This project was funded in part through a grant received by the Island Institute from the Maine Commission for Community Service. Similar workshops were led by Island Fellows in other island and coastal communities. For more information about how to build interior storm windows in your own homes, please visit the Midcoast Green Collaborative website: www.midcoastgreencollaborative.org.

Hopefully patrons (and staff!) at the library will feel cozier on blustery winter days and heating costs will be reduced.