I read an article today on The Independent (UK) that says that more and more families are getting behind in their electricity and gas bills and there are more families who are in debt with energy companies no thanks to the recession and the cold weather.
Living in a tropical country, we are already struggling with out gas and electricity bills. I could really sympathize with people who need to keep warm with heaters over the cold winter months, running up their bills.
Air-conditioning, although common in Malaysia, is still luxury to many of us due to high electricity tariffs. My friends used to tell me that they are not able to fall asleep at night if they do not have the air-conditioning on but now, they too are trying to adapt to living without such luxury.