Williams College Seeking Homes for Annual Winter Blitz Weatherization

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., October 7, 2016—Williams College’s Zilkha Center for Environmental Initiatives is seeking homeowners in Northern Berkshire County, as well as Pownal, Vt., who would like their homes weatherized for the upcoming winter. The weatherization efforts will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12, during the college’s ninth annual Winter Blitz day. Homeowners who are seeking to lower their energy costs and who cannot weatherize themselves are encouraged to participate.

During Winter Blitz, teams of students go out and prepare homes for winter weather by installing storm windows, door sweeps, and energy-efficient light bulbs. Trained student leaders lead teams and all materials are paid for by the Zilkha Center.

The benefits of weatherization include lower energy bills and energy conservation. The average un-weatherized home leaks air at a rate equivalent to a four-foot-square hole in the wall. Weatherization can save homeowners 25 to 40 percent on their heating and cooling bills.

If you are interested in having your home weatherized with Winter Blitz and saving money on your energy bill, please let us know before November 1. There are three ways to do so:  Sign up online at http://sustainability.williams.edu/winterblitz; call 413-547-1787 and leave a voicemail; or email [email protected].

The program is accepting homes in Williamstown, Pownal, North Adams, Adams, and northern Lanesboro. For more information on sustainability initiatives, visit the Williams College sustainability website at http://sustainability.williams.edu.


Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions on U.S. applicants are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.