Last Spring, the weather warmed up very rapidly, and all of us got hit with some dire thunderstorms. The high winds resulted in expansive power outages. The rain combined with a fantastic deal of snow melt caused widespread flooding. With no electric, I was unable to run our sump pump, so our basement filled with water. I couldn’t operate our cooling system, so our condo was overheated and sticky. The people I was with and I went without running water, lights, internet, and the food in the refrigerator spoiled. The outdoor temperature climbed up into the upper eighties, and because of the storm, all of us couldn’t even open the windows. With no electric, all of us couldn’t run box fans, and it was impossible to sleep at night. Once the power was restored, I dealt with mildew and mold growth in the basement and discovered water damage to our oil furnace. I started considering what would happen if all of us faced a power outage during the Wintertime months. In our local area, it’s not unproper for the temperature to drop to twenty below zero. It’s simply not possible to go without the oil furnace. I’d need to move our family to a hotel for the duration of the outage, which would be inconvenient and costly. There’s also the concern of the water pipes chilly and bursting. While the Heating and A/C corporation was actually working on service of the oil furnace, I mentioned our complications. He recommended that I invest in a permanently installed backup generator. While the generator was quite costly, I am convinced that it’s worth it. Whenever there is an interruption in power, the generator automatically starts up, supplying power to all of our essential appliances. The people I was with and I never need to go without the sump pump, cooling system, oil furnace, lights or any modern conveniences.