Debate is silly. If you can afford the cost, the value of a whole house standby generator is peace of mind and a real value in an extended outage. I went though week long outages with Sandy and Irene here in NJ, and a recent storm where people were without power all over the county for up to ten days. I was lucky my outage was shorter. I have a 10kw Generac for my whole house with load shedding for my oven and dryer. Natural gas and an investment of $6500 was worth every penny in the overall cost of owning a home. I did my own research with the help of an electrician to get the smallest unit that would legally do the job.