Just a few years ago, the thought of owning an emergency standby generator seemed silly – reserved only for doomsday prophets or hospital, schools and businesses. Enduring a power outage was just a nuisance you had to deal with. Not anymore. Now, living without electricity is all too common and many homeowners can’t afford to ride out another power outage. Without electricity, basements can flood. Security systems can falter. Home businesses can fail. You don't realize how much you rely on electricity until it's gone. Today, homeowners are installing home standby generators in record numbers to protect their families and investments.