This past summer, my local area got hit by a giant storm.
The high winds knocked down branches and trees.
There was wide-spread flooding and power outages. The rain made it impossible to open with windows, and the outside temperature was in the high eighties. With no electricity, we couldn’t run the air conditioner or even box fans, and the house was horribly overheated and clammy. The windows panes were fogged over with condensate running down them. I was constantly trying to get rid of mold and mildew growth, but it was difficult without running water. We couldn’t take showers, flush toilets, use the toaster, run the coffee maker or watch television. Our sump pump wasn’t operational so the basement flooded, causing a great deal of damage and expense. All of the perishables in the refrigerator and freezer spoiled. The power outage was extremely uncomfortable, inconvenient and expensive. We were lucky the power outage happened over the summer rather than the winter. Our local area gets temperatures down to twenty-five below zero with bitter windchill, tons of snow and blizzard conditions. Local schools and businesses are often closed due to the weather and sometimes there is a driving ban. Being stuck at home in those types of conditions without a working furnace would be a nightmare. There would be a very real possibility of the water pipes freezing and bursting. Without heat, my family might not be able to stay in the house. Because of this fear, I invested into a permanently installed standby generator that can power the whole house. It automatically starts up in the event of an outage and allows us to be able to operate the furnace, air conditioner, sump pump, water heater and all of our essential appliances.