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A disabled mother-of-two says she was forced to turn to a cooking method that gained popularity during World War II in a bid to cut her household bills. Jennifer Jones is one of the people behind the recent Big Power Switch Off movement and spoke about her recent struggles as the cost of living crisis begins to grip millions of households across the UK.

Jennifer from Sheffield in Yorkshire says she saw her gas bill rise by £600 following recent price hikes which came into effect in early April. And the 41-year-old says she has calculated that her electricity bills will also triple in the coming weeks, but she has not yet received a letter confirming this information. Yorkshire Live.

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In February, Ofgem announced the 54% increase in the energy price cap which then came into effect on 1 April. This increase saw £693 rise from £1,277 to £1,971 a year for UK customers on the default rate and pay direct debit.

Prepaid customers saw an increase of £708, from £1,309 to £2,017. Due to the rising cost of living, Jennifer had to come up with inventive ways to cut costs and started wearing more layers around the house rather than turning on the heater to keep warm.

The mother even revealed that she even turned to haybox cooking – a technique commonly used during the Blitz campaign in the early 1940s – to make stews and soup in a bid to avoid use the cooker for long periods of time. Haybox cooking involves the use of canned cookers or hayboxes – so called because when the cooking method was devised, hay or straw were commonly used as insulation for these appliances.

Pots of food would be brought to a boil then placed in a box filled with hay or straw while additional hay or straw would be added around and on top of the pot to insulate the food. Although a fairly basic method of cooking by today’s standards, hayboxes were often used as a means of storing rationed cooking fuel during World War II.

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Jennifer, who is part of Disabled People Against Cuts Sheffield (DPAC), organized the group’s first protest against the cost of living which took place on April 1 and said around 10,000 people attended that day . Jennifer, who was already feeling the financial pressure before the recent hike, said: ‘I could see (in the media) people protesting in the streets across cities across the country, but I’m stuck in my house but I wanted to be a part of that. I want my voice to be heard.

“I saw Martin Lewis on TV one morning and he told me I had nothing left to help (cut costs), it devastated me. It was like a punch in the stomach, that’s when I knew we were totally lost and had to find a solution quickly.

“It’s not just about heating or eating, it’s a matter of life and death for families like mine. If it was just me who was affected by this, I would be ashamed not to leave the house but that’s everyone.