Energy Diary

A homeowner without a budget

Ganges, France • Françoise, 56, divorced, three children, retired caregiver, owner.

Françoise bought this home when she retired in 2011, planning to repair it with her son’s help.  

© Stéphanie Lacombe

© Stéphanie Lacombe

Buying the house left me with €15 000 of savings. In the end, I used the money to help pay some debts my son had. Now, I have €50/month to live on.

Sleeping here in winter is difficult. I have no electricity, no water and no toilet. I use candles for lighting and heat canned food on a Butagaz stove. I stuff the windows with clothes and warm myself with an oil stove.

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