Most of us are, to say the least, highly dependent on the amenities of modern living. In the age of smart phones, high-speed Internet, social media, countless appliances, and sleek new gadgets around every corner, technology (and therefore electricity) is a necessity of modern life. We like to surf the web, cook a hot meal, watch a little TV, take a hot bath, and climb into a warm bed at night. And who can blame us? We work hard, and we deserve a little comfort and entertainment after a long, tiresome day. Many of us have accepted, however, that living a modest, modern life just has to come at the cost of being dependent on the utility grid and purchasing a little coal-fired electricity.