6. Hurricane Sandy caused huge power outages along the East Coast last year. Even in Cleveland, I went without power for 5 days. This is nothing compared to the devastation in New York, New Jersey and other areas along the East Coast. But it was still embarrassing how helpless and depressed it made me feel. I couldn’t believe in an age where we’ve landed a space craft on Mars we can’t have reliable back-up power. The truth is, with solar we can have back-up power. But until it’s available in every Home Depot across the country, we tend to forget it’s an option. I hope that changes in time.