Friday night I was jolted awake, like many others, by the loudest crack of thunder I had ever heard. I rolled over to see flashes of lightening shining through my bedroom window like someone flicking a light switch on and off over and over. That's when I heard the fans stop and my alarm clock go black. The power was out. And so began my first official blackout as a new homeowner, and all of the lessons that come with it.