You know how a few months ago I discovered that I can quickly, easily and cheaply make my own lip balm out of ingredients I basically already have lying around the house anyway? Same basic deal with candles, except you have to buy wax and wicks. It's so ridiculously cheap and insanely easy to make your own candles (if you aren't concerned about them being pretty) that I recommend it very highly if you're anywhere that gets frequent power outages. You can make like 400 tealights in an hour for about $25 and be all set for a year. A decent tealight will burn for about 10 hours and does nicely sitting in the bottom of a mason jar.