This Thingy Will Keep Your Motor Running

It is easy to forget just how reliant we are on electricity in our everyday lives until the power goes out. Heating and cooling systems stop working, flipping the light switch has no effect, and the Internet connection goes down. Without our usual comforts, entertainment, and connection to the outside world, minutes can feel like hours. And it is not all about comforts; in some regions, heating and cooling are much more of a necessity than a comfort.  Further, many rely on electric medical devices, and losing power can create a life threatening situation. As if all of this was not enough, the cost to businesses is staggering — the US Department of Energy has estimated that power outages cost the US economy $150 billion annually.

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