I am forced to use candles to light my house and cook with a camping stove due to crippling energy bills

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A mum has told how she is forced to use candles to light her home and use a camping stove to cook due to crippling energy bills.

Carol Chambers, 47, was cut off by her electricity supplier – but put together a ‘survival pack’ to get through the winter.

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Carol Anne Chambers (47) from Glasgow who went ‘off the grid’ following rising energy prices and the cost of living1 credit
She uses camping equipment (gas) and solar energy for heating and cooking while lighting her house with candles and solar switches.

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She uses camping equipment (gas) and solar energy for heating and cooking while lighting her house with candles and solar switches.1 credit

It comes as energy bills are set to soar to an average of £3,549 a year, adding to the misery for households.

And Carol, from Scotland, lives each month on £500 Employment and Support Allowance.

She said The daily record“I’m doing this partly to protest but I can’t afford to turn on my radiators anyway. It will cost ten a day to have my storage heaters on and it will eat up the vast majority of my monthly money.

“All the other stuff, like my iPhone, iPad, lighting and cooking that I can get from sunlight and gas canisters.”

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High energy bills are contributing to a rapid rise in inflation and the Bank of England warned earlier this month that households should brace for a 15-month recession as inflation hits its highest level in 42 year.

Carol said: ‘My daughter told me I’m going too far and she wants me to turn the electricity back on. I bought flasks in catering and will fill them in the morning from the gas stove.

“I plan to go to the local swimming pool every day to take a shower and there are free electricity charging stations where I will charge my external batteries. I have a plan and I will stick to it.”

Carol stocked up for the long, cold Scottish winter – stocking up on cheap supermarkets.

She said: ‘I got a batch of gas canisters and solar powered lights from Black’s and then I got a camping stove.

“I can cook anything I want on the stove and I just have to accept that there will be tough times ahead. But I’ll be fine.

The gloomy winter ahead will leave many Britons wondering if it is justifiable for energy bosses to bring home £15million, while struggling households have to choose between heating and eating.

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Martin Lewis was on the verge of tears as he explained the ‘catastrophic’ rise in energy bills on BBC Breakfast.

National Energy Action, warned that the increase in the energy price cap will mean that 8.9 million households will fall into poverty this fall.

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