98-Year-Old Woman Takes On CRT Over Leaky Kitchen Sink

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Today’s column is about a strong low-cost (or no-cost) energy-audit program called Home Energy Solutions and an even stronger woman, 98-year-old Mary Freitas of New Britain.

Freitas called TBL, exasperated and outraged, recently when she discovered a leak under the kitchen sink after an energy audit by Home Energy Solutions-Income Eligible, a program supported by the utilities-backed Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and managed in the area by the Community Renewal Team of Hartford.

We’ll all stop whimpering about living through the Great Recession once Mary Freitas tells us how she got her first job in 1930, at age 16, doing domestic work for $1 a day in Hartford.

That job during the Great Depression also cost her 50 cents each day for the round-trip trolley ride from her New Britain home.

Freitas, 98, still lives in New Britain and still holds firm the beliefs in hard work and accountability that carried her through the 20th century. She demands as much from others, even when someone comes to work for free at the house she built in 1949, with her now-deceased husband, “just the way we wanted it.”
“I know these are different times,” she says, “but people don’t want to work like the way they did before.”
Freitas called TBL, exasperated and outraged, recently when she discovered a leak under the kitchen sink after an energy audit by Home Energy Solutions-Income Eligible, a program supported by the utilities-backed Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund and managed in the area by the Community Renewal Team of Hartford.

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