We had our power back on Saturday evening after 6pm. The crews working in my area were from North Carolina I think. I'm on Fire I know what you mean about expensive to run. This generator I have Generac GP6500 will use 7 gallons in 10 hours or less if heavy use. But it kept my basement dry and the lights ,bathroom,well pump and refrigerator running for a few few hours each day. I was also able to help my neighbors in getting them water and running their refrigerators a few hours each day. Hope every one is back on soon.