Cut off all but one circuit breaker during an outage
When an extended power outage occurs, it's a good idea to turn off all household circuit breakers except one you use for indoor lighting. Once power has been restored, you should wait 15 to 20 minutes and then begin to turn breakers back on. It helps to prevent a sudden overloading of both yours and the co-op's breaker system when power is restored. The "one breaker" policy is especially helpful during times of high energy demand posed by extreme winter or summer temperatures.