Last October, my neighborhood was in the direct path of a hurricane. The whole area got hit by high winds, torrential downpours, thunder, lightning, and heavy flooding. My entire backyard was under water, and people were paddling by in rowboats. Tons of trees and limbs came down and created a sizable mess. One of the largest concerns was the ongoing power outage. My family and I were without electrical power for over two weeks. With no electric, there was no running water, no lights, internet or air conditioner. We were unable to take showers, flush the toilet, watch cable or fight the high heat and humidity. Plus, the sticky and damp conditions made mold and mildew a big concern. The situation was intolerable, and I finally went and obtained a portable generator. The generator was extremely helpful, but not powerful enough to operate the entire house. We had to choose which appliances to run at any given time. The people I was with and I could operate the refrigerator, cable and a couple box fans at once. The central A/C draws a tremendous amount of power. The generator could not manage any other appliance while the A/C was in use. My family and I solved this by operating the box fans during the day and the central A/C at evening. The whole ordeal was super inconvenient, uncomfortable and stressful, and I don’t ever want to go through it again. Since then, I have invested in a much larger, permanently installed, standby generator. It was ungodly overpriced, but the generator provides adequate power to run the entire house for as long as necessary.