Although many people in society make a conscious effort to reduce their carbon footprint, even the most frugal individuals can still find that power needs will present a considerable challenge. This realization becomes even more pronounced for individuals who take the ubiquitous presence of electricity for granted, since this can greatly reduce the appreciation of how much reliance there is on the resource. While many pop culture scenarios consider a number of avenues by which widespread emergency can occur, not all address the impact of a valid power source for both survival and restoration.
Although artificial light, telecommunications, and instant access to information through the internet have enhanced quality of life and the ability to explore greater commerce, these are only ancillary benefits of a reliable power source. What is often forgotten is just how much life, and not just quality of life, really relies upon electricity. Simple tasks like filling a glass with clean water, removing wastes, and maintaining hygiene all become more complicated without power. Feeding loved ones, keeping them warm and protected, and maintaining health are also aspect that will be affected.