Stay-at-home Mom Wins $5000 In This Week’s MEGA #Ohmhour Giveaway!

She flipped her breaker, we gave her $5000.

Hairstylist turned stay-at-home Mom blogger Stephanie G from San Jose got the shock of a lifetime when she logged into her OhmConnect dashboard this week.

Her points balance had gone from 695 points ($6.95) to 500,695 points, ($5,006.95.)

“It was … well … crazy! Honestly at first I thought it was a scam.” she said with a laugh. “My second child is due any day now so this certainly has been a wild week.”  

Stephanie was named the second-ever winner of MEGA #OhmHours a challenge that awarded her $5000 for showing off her energy saving skills and saving 50% during her #OhmHour.

So how does she do it? 

An OhmConnect customer since January of just this year, Stephanie and her family participate regularly and spend their #OhmHours on trips to the park, playing with her dogs or running errands.

“Because I get an #OhmHour notification 24 hours in advance of the event, I have enough time to really plan out what I will be doing the next day to conserve energy. I usually:

  1. Plan dinner/when to prep/cook the food and
  2. Give my husband advanced notice so he doesn’t start turning on lights or the tv etc.
  3. Determine what errands to run or where to go if need be.

I also take a look at my forecast so I know how aggressive I need to be with conserving energy. Honestly though, my approach never really changes. I try my best to conserve every single time, whether it’s a MegaOhmHour or not.”

“Earlier on the day of an #OhmHour, I’ll go around the house and unplug literally anything and everything I can reach that’s plugged into the walls. I’ve read about 

‍“For my family it’s all about planning ahead.  I’d flip the circuit breaker but honestly I have no idea how to reset my clocks - and I’m not about to try” she said with a laugh “Even though that’s probably the best method!”

As a blogger focused on sharing frugal living tips with other California residents, Stephanie quickly realized the value that could be created by participating regularly in #OhmHours.

“In addition to the money we make through OhmConnect, we’ve also seen a difference in our bill and we’re just a lot more aware of where our energy comes from which is really cool.”

"During an #OhmHour in my house, the heater or A/C stays off, the TV is off and unplugged, lights are off and all appliances are off. Most importantly, the #OhmHours are a great way for me to stay connected to my family and find new ways to keep us all active and “unplugged” (not to mention win $5000)!"

Haven’t heard of OhmConnect yet?

OhmConnect is a free service that rewards you for saving energy when it matters most to the grid and the environment. You will receive a notification about once per week to save energy for an hour. If you save energy, you receive cash.

Why are we giving away $5000?

The ultimate goal of OhmConnect is to reduce as much energy as we possibly can during #OhmHours. While any and all reductions are valuable, the bottom line is that the more energy each household can reduce, the more effective we will all be together.

We want to reward those folks who go the distance and reduce their usage by at least 50% below their predicted baseline.

Want to be the next winner?

If you haven’t already, sign up for OhmConnect and keep an eye out for an email in your inbox about MEGA #Ohmhours. It could be coming as soon as this week.

So what are you waiting for? Flip that breaker!

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.

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