OhmConnect: Get Paid For Saving Energy One Hour Per Week

ohmlogoOhmConnect is a start-up that works with consumers and their local utilities to lower energy costs and save money together. Before reading any further, it appears that cash payments currently only work with customers of PG&E, SDG&E or Southern California Edison in California.

During times of high electricity demand, customers will get an email or smartphone app notification that it is time for an “#OhmHour”. During that time, customers will reduce their electricity demand by turning off lights and not using their A/C, heater, or other appliances. The utility saves money by avoiding having to turn on their dirty and expensive “peaker plants”. The utility pays OhmConnect, which in turn passes on 80% to you.

In exchange for your OhmHour participation, the customer will get paid cash via PayPal. Supposedly, you can earn up to $300 a year. If you connect any smart home devices like a Nest thermostat or an electric vehicle, you can earn extra bonuses and also automate your participation. OhmConnect participation is free and does not affect your existing utility service.

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I’ve been a member for a few weeks but it doesn’t seem to be very interesting if you are not an eligible California resident. I wish they would have been more upfront about that. You can rack up some “token”, but it’s not a meaningful activity unless they can track your energy usage reductions. At most, I’d sign up and get an alert if/when they spread to your area.

If you are a California resident and customer of PG&E, SDG&E or Southern California Edison, sign up for OhmConnect here and link your account and get a $5 bonus. Get a $20 bonus after linking accounts + a 1 kilowatt reduction during a single hour within 90 days. Get a $75 bonus if you link, do the 1kW reduction, and participate in 9 out of the last 10 #OhmHour events.

Comments

  1. I have been using for OhmConnect for about a year. It’s pretty great, and easy to use. They’ve also been increasing their payouts lately so I get around $1/OhmHour. These occur a few times a week and usually increase a lot during the Summer. So it does earn you some money but the real reason to do it is to help fight climate change by avoiding dirty energy.

    If you want to use my referral link it’s: https://ohm.co/48180ec

  2. How does this startup actually measure reduction in usage? So when they send a txt do I need to turn off something? What if all my appliances are already off and there is nothing to be turned off further. I’m current enrolled in PGE Smart rate which charges a lower rate “non-peak” and a higher rate during “peak” hours. Sadly I can only chose one and hence I am wondering how Ohm measures reduction in usage?

    • I believe that when you link your utility account, you give OhmConnect permission to see a real-time feed of your power meter data. Most people have “smart meters” now that track your usage continuously.

  3. I have the same question as John – if I’m already at the low use point at the moment (e.g. not at home, appliances off, etc) and they declare OhmHour, I get nothing?

    Also here’s my experience, I signed up after I read this article. Got an approval email from utility. Yet a week later OhmConnect is still “waiting” for the approval. I pinged them via intercome, 14 hours later no response at all.

  4. We’ve been using OhmConnect for close to a year, and I’m pretty much sold on its benefits. They have changed the award structure to benefit consumers who regularly use less energy than they normally do during an OhmHour. My family has made a game of shutting off the lights and unplugging everything during Ohm Hour, and according to YNAB I’ve cashed out $270 so far this year. Two days ago, the grid was particularly stressed from 5-8pm and we were paid close to $50 for those three hours alone. So, yeah, we’re believers…and it’s a good tool to teach people how to conserve energy. And you can get $20 with this referral https://ohm.co/dd61450

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