Energy Diary

Cut off, but not homeless

Lens, FranceRaymonde, 59, unemployed and her husband, René 62, retired, are tenants in social housing with their 28-year-old son. They had a few debts and could not keep up with the bills.

 © Stéphanie Lacombe 

© Stéphanie Lacombe 

Gaz de France (GDF) cut off the gas supply about two years ago. Now, we have a single electric heater that we move as needed.

The washing machine broke down three years ago, so I wash our things by hand. The fridge is empty, like a demonstration fridge at the appliance store.

We get used to everything…except the idea of being on the street.

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