LINCOLN, Maine — The handful of volunteers who have winterized seven homes this winter for free will get more training next month as part of a slight expansion of the town’s winterization program, town officials said Tuesday.
Lincoln’s Neighbor to Neighbor winterization program, in which elderly, ailing or underprivileged residents who qualify get their homes insulated for free, will offer the Keep ME Warm community winterization training effort at 3 p.m. Jan. 6, town welfare director and administrative assistant Gilberte Mayo said.
Ten other such training sessions have occurred or are scheduled in Sanford and Farmington, among other places. She hopes new volunteers, and residents who want to winterize their homes, will attend the two-hour session.
The training will show how to install removable, simple-to-make interior storm windows as designed by Charlie Wing, a nationally known author and energy expert who developed the window panel design through the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, the Maine Department of Corrections, Habitat for Humanity and the Maine State Housing Authority, Keep ME Warm officials said.
Costing about $16 apiece, the wood and plastic storm windows will, with other weatherization efforts, save as much as 25 percent on heating costs in homes, particularly those with drafty, older windows, according to Keep ME Warm officials.
The training also will include:
• Heat loss and weatherization training.
• Instructions on how to measure, order and install the storm windows.
• Customer tips, including how to work in other people’s homes.
• How to order Keep ME Warm weatherization materials and information about the funding available for weatherization tools and supplies.
The training does not constitute full Maine Housing Authority weatherization training, which comes with a multiweek class.
About 2,400 window kits are available statewide, Mayo said.
Keep ME Warm has provided volunteers with standard kits that provided materials such as caulking, gaskets to seal outlets, and spray foam to fill cracks that vent heat. Keep ME Warm is a statewide initiative funded by Efficiency Maine and Maine Housing.
Anyone interested in donating time, money, advice or supplies to the insulation program, who needs help insulating a home, or who wants to take the new training program, should call Mayo at 794-3372 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any major home heating deficiencies discovered will be referred to Penquis or other social service agencies that can help, Mayo has said.