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The Power is in Your Hands this Summer

We pay you to save energy when the grid needs it most. Choose how often you want to participate and see your potential earnings.

How much could you earn?

Summer Challenge

This summer you could earn:
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This potential summer payout is based on a representative home in your area. Your payout may vary.

When you use energy matters. During the summer months when air conditioners are blasting and demand on the energy grid is highest, it’s more critical than ever to be smart about how and when we use energy in our homes.

OhmConnect’s Summer Challenge gives you an opportunity to put money back in your wallet. If you can commit to making a big energy reduction just a handful of times this summer, you could be in for a big payout

Choose how often and how much energy you want to reduce from June 1 to September 30. We’ll then tell you when it’s time to power down your home every few weeks. If you beat your goal at the end of the summer, you’ll get paid in full!

Give our Summer Challenge earning calculator a try and see how much your energy savings could be worth this summer.

How to participate

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Connect your utility
Sign up and connect your utility (PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E). We’ll show you how much you can expect to make this summer by hitting your savings goal based on your home’s energy (psst: depending on how big your home is, it could be a lot!).
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Commit to your personalized goal
You choose how many times you want to save electricity and how much you think you can save. We will then show you how much you will earn if you succeed.
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Get paid for hitting your goal
We’ll send you alerts when it’s time to save. Track your progress and invite your friends to the Challenge. If you hit your goal by September 30, you will get paid in full!

FAQs about OhmConnect’s Summer Challenge

Q. What is OhmConnect again?
A. 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?
A: It’s simple: You choose how much energy you think you can reduce and how often you’d like to do so before 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 not 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?
A: 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?
A: 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 here.

Q: Does it cost money to participate?
A: Nope! OhmConnect and The Summer Challenge is completely free.