Burning Books to Stay Warm January 5, 2010 – Tags: ,

As a record setting cold snap grips the United Kingdom some people are taking to burning books to stay warm.

Since 2008 the cost of gas has risen 40% and electricity has risen 20% leaving many pensioners in a quandary on how to stay warm on a fixed income.

Enter the good old hardback book. It has now become less expensive to burn a hardback then to burn coal.

Charity shops are reporting “that ‘a large number’ of elderly customers are snapping up hardbacks as cheap fuel for their fires and stoves.” Big thick books like encyclopedias are selling well because they can last all night.

Story at Metro.co.uk “Pensioners burn books for warmth

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