This winter was the worst ever. We had shifts in cleaning the snow. The great thing is that my husband got snow thrower last year so it was easier. I really hate those power outages last year so we check out those whole house generators few months ago, and after some finance calculating we decided to get one. It came before all this snow, so we were ready for it. We have a sump pump and 3 little kids, so we could not afford to run out of power. It is serving us great, but we will see how it goes, there are at least 2 more months of winter.