Many of the people in the neighborhood started buying generators so they could still use their air conditioners and furnaces when they needed them most.
Our culture relies a lot on our HVAC units to keep us comfortable and happy, but our HVAC units rely on our power to keep them running. Our neighborhood was having random power outages that would occur usually on the hottest part of the day, and the coolest part of the evening. Around noon, when the sun is out and it’s really hot, the power would go out and everyone in the neighborhood would lose their central air conditioners for a few hours. Some days would be worse than others, like when it’s over one hundred degrees outside and then the power goes out and you no longer have air conditioning to keep you from melting. The same problem would happen on some evenings when it was the most cool. Families would wake up in the middle of the night cold because the power would go out and then the furnace would stop working. Just the other night the power went out and our neighbors got so upset that they almost decided to sue the electric company. Many of the people in the neighborhood started buying generators so they could still use their air conditioners and furnaces when they needed them most. Finally the electrical company came and fixed the problem with the power. The whole neighborhood was so happy to have their air conditioning and furnace back that they had a party for it. We even had to hire a special HVAC technician to come and fix any air conditioner or furnace that was damaged by the random power outages.