Q. What is OhmConnect again?
OhmConnect pays you to shift when you use energy in your home. Demand for energy skyrockets during the mid afternoons and evenings, especially during the summer months. Use less energy in your home during peak times, when the electricity grid is stressed.You connect your utility account to our platform, so we can see how much energy you're using. Then we give you a goal to try to use less during specific hours, about once a week during the hot summer months, and less often during the rest of the year. If you're successful and use less energy than normal, we pay you!
Q: What's the Summer Challenge all about?
It's simple: You choose how much energy you think you can reduce and how often you'd like to do so
the summer starts, and we'll promise a hefty reward (like $400!) if you're successful at hitting your goals. We'll send you an SMS or email to tell you when it's time to power down every few weeks. Then, at the end of the summer, we'll pay you if you hit your goal.
The only catch is this
: if you're
successful at hitting your energy saving goals, you won't earn anything at the end of the summer.
Q: Why would I get paid to save energy?
When the grid is stressed, either one of two things can happen: 1) Energy generators turn on dirty and inefficient ‘peaker' power plants, or 2) consumers can avoid using energy. A growing number of states and municipalities would prefer to pay people to shift their energy use outside of these peak times when renewable energy is more plentiful because it's cheaper, cleaner, and puts money back in the pockets of consumers.
That's where OhmConnect comes in! OhmConnect coordinates and combines the energy savings across thousands of households and small businesses when it matters most to the grid. Utilities pay OhmConnect for those savings, and OhmConnect passes along those payments to users.
You must connect your utility account to OhmConnect for us to measure your home energy savings.
Q: How does OhmConnect get the money to pay its users?
The energy markets and utility companies would rather pay us for promising that people will NOT use energy during peak times, than pay to turn on those dirty peaker power plants when demand is high. We just pass that savings from them to you! Interested in more of the details? Check out this article
Q: Does it cost money to participate?
Nope! OhmConnect and The Summer Challenge is completely free.