How It Works

With OhmConnect, it’s easy to get rewarded for saving energy.
Here’s how it works: It all starts with something we call an OhmHour.

OhmHours 101

What’s an OhmHour, you might be wondering?

In short: The OhmHour is where the magic happens.

It’s a brief window of time (usually on weeknight evenings) when demand on the energy grid is so high that utility companies would rather pay their customers to reduce our collective usage than the alternative - firing up a dirty, expensive “peaker” plant. For a deeper dive into the mechanics of how OhmHours work, check out this guide.

HOW IT WORKS

Who can participate and earn rewards

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Currently, our service is only available to folks who live in California (PG&E, SCE, or SDG&E customers) or Texas (folks with an active OhmConnect retail energy account) where smart meter data is easily accessible and we can quickly and easily see how much electricity your household used in a particular hour.

Click here to learn how to connect your utility to OhmConnect and get started.

Don’t live in California but want to get in on the action? You can still be part of our lucrative referral program! If you refer an eligible California resident to OhmConnect and they connect their utility and save energy, you earn $20.

Participating utilities include:

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    Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
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    Southern California Edison (SCE)
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    San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
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How much can I earn with OhmConnect?

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How much you can earn with OhmConnect is up to you. In short summary, the more energy you can save, the more you can earn! The average OhmConnect customer earns between $100-$300 each year but it's possible to earn, and win, far more if you’re a savvy customer.

Also, with a $20 reward for every person you refer to OhmConnect, the earning potential is limitless!

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How do OhmConnect rewards work?

Whenever you can successfully save energy during an OhmHour or AutoOhm, you'll earn what we call Watts. And Watts are worth money or rewards in the OhmConnect Rewards Marketplace! When you have Watts in your OhmConnect account, you can do any of the following:

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    Improve your home’s energy efficiency with smart home technology. Smart home tech like smart thermostats and smart plugs not only earn you more Watts during upcoming OhmHours and AutoOhms but they’ll ensure your home is operating as efficiently as possible (saving you money on your electricity bills). Watts you earn can be put towards serious discounts on these items.
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    Enter to win prizes. Every week, there’s a new, big-ticket prize up for grabs for one lucky OhmConnect customer who ‘buys’ a ballot using their Watts. Peloton bikes, gift cards, ENERGY STAR appliances, cash prizes and more are up for grabs!
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    Take your chances with The Wheel! Try your luck on The Wheel for your chance to win OhmConnect swag, smart home technology like thermostats or a smart plug, entries into giveaways and cash prizes.
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    Withdraw as gift cards to amazon
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    Donate your Watts to the Sierra Club.
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    Maximize your future earnings with bonuses that double your referral or device bonuses for a select period of time.
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    Withdraw as cash! Watts can be cashed out via PayPal.
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Where does the money come from?

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Great question! And please bear with us, it’s a little complicated. 

In the US and Canada, there are nine regional energy markets where energy is traded.  These markets provide a trading mechanism for buying and selling energy over many timeframes.  Multi-year planning is done to make sure that the region has the right development of infrastructure and minute-by-minute planning is done to make sure that supply and demand are balanced and there are no blackouts.
Here’s where it gets fun.

OhmConnect trades energy in these markets like a power plant. We bid a quantity of energy at a specific price and if the market accepts our bid, we are contracted to (and get paid to!) deliver that energy. The trick is that we don’t actually create any new energy - we simply reduce as a community, which has the same effect as contributing energy to the grid.

How to connect your utility and get approved

In order to earn Watts to use in the Rewards Marketplace, you’ll need to connect your utilities online account to OhmConnect. Each utility company is a little different, so you’ll want to check out the instructions for your specific electricity provider:

Welcome to the OhmConnect community!