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California kids use their #OhmHours to do good in their neighbourhood

Here at OhmConnect, #OhmHours are one of the highlights of our week. We relish the opportunity to flick off our lights, give our thermostats a break and get paid for doing something good for our planet.

But even more than our own happiness, we LOVE hearing the stories of how folks spend this unplugged time outside our office walls and this week’s story brought huge smiles to our faces. Check out this awesome note we received from Vince, an OhmConnect customer about how he and his two sons spent last week’s #OhmHour:

“During Earth Week at the boys’ pre-school, they learned about recycling and “keeping the Earth clean, so it doesn’t get sick.”  And during one of our regular walks to the nearby park, Carter notices trash along the way and out of the blue, he says we need to clean it up.  So he asks if he can come back to pick it up one day.  I know what you’re thinking – ‘What 3-year (or even older) is eager to pick-up garbage without their parents making them?!?!’


So to keep this green train going, I go online that evening to look for grabbers that are short enough for them – most were almost as tall as them =).  But we didn’t have time to pick up garbage until 2 weeks after we got the grabbers.  And I gotta tell you, it was almost getting to the point of being annoying (but nonetheless cute) because Carter was literally asking everyday when we could pick up garbage (he did the same thing until we finally found time to vacuum our cars).


So what better time to do this than during an OhmHour when we would also be saving energy?  So off we went.  They ended up filling an entire grocery bag.  About 95% was garbage they picked up all by themselves as they alternated between who held the bag and who grabbed the trash – I had to pick up a couple of heavy bottles for them.”

Thank you Vince for sharing your story!

 

We love that OhmConnect can be a win-win-win-WIN! For Vince,

  1. He and his family earned money for participating in the #OhmHour
  2. The grid had a better chance of being balanced during that time because of the participation of Vince and thousands of other #OhmHour participants
  3. Cleaner energy sources reduce emissions for the world
  4. The park near their home got a bit cleaner that day!

Have you got a story of your #OhmHour win-win-win-win? We want to hear it! Drop us a line at talk@ohmconnect.com and we might feature it on our blog and social media.

Happy powering down!

Live in California, Texas or Toronto? You’re eligible to be paid for the energy you don’t use.

Missing out on weekly payments? Check out the system that’s paying your neighbours to power down.

For us, WWF’s Earth Hour is one of our favourite nights of the year.  We love taking the opportunity to switch off the lights, power-down our homes and spend screen-free time with our people – but more than all of that, we love feeling connected to our neighbours and community in a collective effort to combat climate change, even in a small way. In a time when action on climate change is being throttled by political agendas across the globe, we LOVE the chance for ground-up, people-powered change to be made wherever possible.

Which is why we are thrilled to offer the OhmConnect platform to residents of California, Texas and Toronto.  With OhmConnect, you get PAID to switch off.

Californians, Texans and Torontonians paid weekly for their excess energy

OhmConnect is a free platform which rewards you for saving energy during specific times in an effort to reduce the load on power plants during peak energy-use times. The rewards customers earn can be converted into money deposited via a PayPal account, donations to a customer’s favourite charity, or credits towards energy-efficient products.

The energy you don’t use

The process is simple. You sign-up for Ohmconnect and authorize us to access your home’s smart meter and any supported internet-connected devices. You don’t have to buy or install any special equipment. A few times a week, we will alert you to energy spikes and ask you to cut back your power consumption, or it will dial-it back for you through your smart thermostat and other smart devices. Then you get paid for the energy you don’t use.

BONUS: Want to fundraise for your school, workplace or team or simply work with others to cut your energy consumption? We will pay $20 for every referral to the program. Get in touch with us  (talk@ohmconnect.com) to kickstart your fundraising!

 

Top 7 Ways Renters Can Reduce Energy During #OhmHours [INFOGRAPHIC]

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User Spotlight: A Super Saver

We know you’re all interested in learning how to save as much energy as possible during #OhmHours. Last week, we shared some #OhmHour tips and tricks from the OhmConnect team. This week, we’re featuring a spotlight interview with one of our veteran users and super savers, David S. Continue reading “User Spotlight: A Super Saver”

Open for Business!

Please note that these requirements are outdated. You can reference the new status level requirements here.

All OhmConnect community members now have $150 in credit to apply against smart device purchases.

If you live in California, you’re entitled to receive payments for saving energy – and OhmConnect wants to cash in. 

OhmConnect sends you notifications once a week when the California needs you to save energy, and pays you when you do. These events are called #OhmHours.

Continue reading “Open for Business!”

The Supreme Court Rules in OhmConnect’s Favor!

Ok, that’s not exactly how the headlines read. But if you skimmed the news on Monday, chances are you noticed stories like “Supreme Court Upholds Efforts on Managing Electricity Use Through Pricing” and “FERC’s ‘Demand Response’ Rule Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court”. Continue reading “The Supreme Court Rules in OhmConnect’s Favor!”

Happy New Year from Mr. Ohm!

With the historic Paris Climate Agreement now in our rearview mirror, we look forward to the road ahead to address climate change with measurable and actionable steps. The OhmConnect community understands that these government driven interventions highlight the importance of these issues, but Continue reading “Happy New Year from Mr. Ohm!”

#DoubleDown #OhmHour

We’re excited to introduce the #DoubleDown #OhmHour! Many of you have been requesting an option to extend your #OhmHour participation into the following hour, since you occasionally receive them up to 25 minutes into the hour. Continue reading “#DoubleDown #OhmHour”

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