People living in Tokyo with "all electric" homes are struggling to cope following the explosion at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant earlier this year.
In recent years, residents of Tokyo were encouraged to turn away from gas appliances and rely just on electricity in order to help the environment and save money through the use of residential solar panels. However, according to a report by the New York Times, families are struggling to manage following the earthquake which caused major damage to the Fukushima plant and rocked the country.
The nuclear disaster was followed by blackouts across Tokyo and now demand has rocketed following the closure of other nuclear power plants which are to undergo safety inspections.
Masayuki Hattori switched to an "all electric" home five years ago and has now tried to cut his dependence on the national electricity grid. For cooking he uses a portable cooker powered by replaceable gas canisters when necessary.
He said: "If you don’t have electricity, you can’t do anything,” Mr. Hattori said. “You can’t cook, you can’t watch TV and you can’t light up."