What is my energy forecast?
Your forecast is the average energy you've used recently — and it’s the number you’re trying to beat every #OhmHour. Use less energy than your forecast during the #OhmHour and you get points. Use more than your forecast, and you'll loose points. Here's how a forecast gets made:
Day of the week matters: In most cases, #OhmHours happen on weekdays, when your forecast will be calculated by averaging the energy you used over the previous 10 weekdays. If the #OhmHour falls on a weekend (which can happen!), your forecast is based on the previous 4 weekend days.
Time of day matters: Your forecast is set by looking at the same hour as the #OhmHour on those previous days.
Let's use some examples: if you have an #OhmHour scheduled for 6pm on Friday, your forecast would be based on how much energy you used from 6-7pm every day on the previous 10 weekdays. If your #OhmHour was on Saturday at 2pm, your forecast would be based on your energy use on the last 4 weekend days between 2-3pm.
How can I beat my forecast?
Beating your forecast can take a little effort. But knowing a few tips and tricks, like what to turn off around your house, is a great start. Here are a few things you should do for every #OhmHour to maximize your savings, earn more points, and put more cash in your pocket:
Unplug chargers and electronics that use energy even when turned off, such as computers, stereo equipment, TVs, video game consoles, DVD payers, phone chargers.
Plan activities for your family that don't involve lots of energy-use. Some ideas include: picnic dinners, walks around the neighborhood, and playing board games by candlelight. Tell us what you do during #OhmHours an earn 20 tokens!
Avoid running the dishwasher, washer dryer, vacuum cleaner, or power tools during your #OhmHour.
Put your entertainment center, computer, and groups of other appliances or electronics on power strips so you can turned everything on and off all at once.
Track down and unplug small electric appliances in the kitchen or bathroom.
If you have any, turn off any pool or hot-tub heaters and cleaners.
Set your AC a bit higher or just turn it off completely! The biggest energy user in the home is HVAC systems. Or you can add a smart thermostat to your home and let OhmConnect do it all for you!
Avoid opening your refrigerator and freezer during the OhmHour, particularly on hot days. Better yet, connect a TP-link smart plug to your fridge to have it shut down automatically during your #OhmHours.
Turn off the lights in rooms that are not being used. Some families like using rechargeable head lamps or planning a candlelight dinner during evening #OhmHours.
What else can I do to beat my forecast?
Want an even deeper dive into tips for beating your forecast? Check out our OhmConnect article that has even more advice for crushing those #OhmHours.
OhmConnect also has a dedicated community of passionate power-users who offer their own personal tips for mastering your #OhmHour performance in this forum topic.
Still have questions? Feel free to contact support and we'll happy to help you out.