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When The Heat Escapes Chilly New England Homes, So Does Money

Photo Geoff Wake via Creative Commons

Every morning, Mary Hollis follows a routine. Breakfast is oatmeal with granola, coffee, and maybe some yogurt or applesauce to help wash down her medication.

During the winter, the retiree says she “shivers” through the meal.

“It’s never warm when people come to my house,” Hollis said. “It just bothers me.”

Hollis lives in a single-family home in Hartford. There’s that draft by the door where she eats breakfast. And during the winter, chills seep around pipes and through the front foyer.

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