January 26th, 2018
For the past two years, you have been entitled to receive payments for your energy savings. California residents have had a program available, called OhmHour, in which state energy authorities pay you to reduce energy use when California is at risk of turning on the worst polluting power plants.
Customers of California’s major energy providers are eligible to participate, but most providers have obscured the program since it encourages energy savings and reduces the number of power plants in operation.
If a California resident saves energy at times when one of these environmentally damaging power generators is at risk of turning on, they are entitled to receive a payment from the state energy authority. California is incentivized to redirect payments from generators to residents because it reduces the state’s environmental impact and directly benefits residents with energy payments.
To achieve this goal, companies like OhmConnect have introduced simple services that pay people for the energy they save. The service pays users for the energy they are already saving and also helps eliminate our communities' reliance on energy from unsustainable sources.
To participate in the program, you simply receive a text message once per week about 15 minutes before these dirty power plants turn on. All you need to do is to hold off on doing any high energy activities, like laundry or the dishes, and reduce energy if possible. OhmConnect coordinates with other users in your neighborhood to ensure enough people reduce energy use to prevent that power plant from turning on.
Your energy savings are measured through the smart meter your utility provider installed and OhmConnect sends you a payment. To get started, sign up for OhmConnect here and connect your utility account.