Energy Diary

Dinner can be a luxury, but not heating

Nanterre, France • Fatima, 60, married, housewife, four children, two of which have disabilities.

Fatima’s house is 34 years old. The electric convectors are original—like ‘old toasters’ she says; she doesn’t feel safe using them.

© Stéphanie Lacombe

© Stéphanie Lacombe

We cannot afford to install gas heating, so I use an oil stove that I move from room to room. At night, we put it on the landing upstairs to reach all the rooms. And I put our clothes on the floor in front of it to dry.

Eating with a jacket on is not nice but we can do it. We can deprive ourselves of a steak dinner — it’s a luxury. But not heating.

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