Dear Crabby, Why do we lose power all the time at my house?

Dear Crabby,

I get so frustrated that our house always loses power and the rest of my subdivision does not. Why would that be? In today’s modern world, why can’t they figure out a way to keep the power on?

Sincerely, Otta Juice

Dear Otta Juice,

Yes, I have often wondered the same thing. You would think that if we can put a man on the moon and make phones the size of a credit card that can do video chats; we should be able to prevent power outages in local neighborhoods. I too live in a sub where I and about eight other neighbors will frequently lose power. Of course we lose it when there are storms or ice damage, but we also lose it in the middle of the summer for no apparent reason. I have become very accustom to getting out the generator and hooking it up to run our house. Of course we cannot run laundry, cook on the stove, or use the air conditioning on my generator, but at least we have heat and lights. For the cost of a DearCrabbynew car we could buy a fancy-dancy automatic whole-house generator. However, my reasoning is that we are paying for full electrical service, why pay for our own backup as well. My reasoning has left us without power on many occasions. I keep hoping that it will make sense at some point and people will see the genius behind my thoughts. So far it has not merited me being called a genius. My family does call me many names, but none of them are genius… yet. I remember years ago a friend of mine was really excited about this solar panel on his roof as a backup power source. He paid thousands for this unit and wanted all of his buddies to join in with him. We held off seeing how it worked out for him first. The first winter came and we lost power for about four or five days. But here in Michigan it is very overcast and dark many days in the winter. So my friend found that his solar panels were not very effective and there was not even enough juice in his batteries to run for a day. Then a few years later all his batteries went bad and he was quoted about three thousand dollars to replace them all! I told him that he could buy several generators and tanks of gas for that price, not to mention his original investment! He was upset and never suggested the solar route again. I guess he was a little before his time too. He may be waiting longer than me for the title of genius! So good luck and make sure you get the right size generator! Let me know how it works out.

Sincerely, Dear Crabby

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