Smart-home skeptic changes his tune to save the planet

For Alan Mirviss from San Francisco, the decision to install smart plugs in his home to optimize his family’s #OhmHours wasn’t an easy one.

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Katie Overmonds
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January 9, 2019
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For Alan Mirviss from San Francisco, the decision to install smart plugs in his home to optimize his family’s #OhmHours wasn’t an easy one.

“It feels a little big brother, doesn’t it?” he said with a laugh. “I’m still getting over an inherent distrust of how smart devices are going to be used to monetize how I live my life.”

It was only when his daughter Lillian joined the OhmConnect staff team and their family started participating in #OhmHours did he reconsider his stance.

As the first registered solar lobbyist in the state of California in the early 80’s, Alan would consider himself an environmentalist. He drives an electric car, is keenly interested in recycling and his family has solar panels installed on their roof.

And as of just six weeks ago, he is an OhmConnect customer, not only saving money for his conservation efforts but actually getting paid.

“Getting paid to save energy? I can’t find anything wrong with that.”

Starting out slowly, Alan began just by flicking off a few lights around the house.

“Maybe turning off a monitor here and there.”

Alan’s smart plug with the network cabinet. The smart plug is on the left-hand side; an uninterruptible power supply [“UPS”] is plugged into it, and all the networking devices are in turn plugged into the UPS. All the computers in the house are laptops so their family is able to use their computers & access internet completely seamlessly during Ohm Hours without using any power!

But after a few weeks, the tides have turned and he’s keen to automate the process and conserve energy even when he’s not home. He’s bought two smart plugs, wired a number of his appliances and technology to the new system and is even considering connecting a third to his refrigerator.

“After a lot of consideration and quite a bit of balancing my paranoia on one side with my desire to help save the planet, my desire to help save the planet won out.”

Katie Overmonds

Katie is an award-winning journalist and digital strategist with more than 10 years of experience in print and digital media and a passion for the environment and fighting climate change. Prior to joining OhmConnect, she was a digital content strategist and writer for Environmental Defence and WWF-Canada. While envious of her colleagues in sunny California, she’s a Canadian at heart and lives with her husband in Toronto, Ontario.

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