Connected Devices and OhmConnect

Isn't it time your appliances paid you?

We all know that connected devices are a great way to make your home more efficient and responsive to your whims. What was once James Bond futurism is now common on the shelves of big box retailers.

Whether it’s a Nest thermostat or a Tuya smart plug, “connected” devices get their name because they connect to the internet. Whether hardwired or via Wi-Fi, these devices exceed their “dumb” cousins by being controllable from your phone from anywhere on the planet. You can also control connected devices via voice assistants like Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant.

But hundreds of thousands of people have discovered another way to use connected devices: to make money.

Get Paid for Connected Devices

How are these people making cash from using connected devices? By avoiding using energy when it’s most expensive, and selling the excess electricity back to the grid when it’s needed most. The best part? It’s all done automatically. Now that’s smart!

How Much Do Connected Devices Pay?

Here’s how it works:

You choose which connected devices will participate in energy-saving events. The most valuable connected device is a smart thermostat. If you have one of these, you can earn $5 per month just for participating with that device. (If you don’t have one, get one with your membership discount here.)

You can also add smart plugs for a convenient way to turn your appliances into “connected devices.” Connecting a smart plug to a refrigerator and another to a fan is a great way to earn $5 each month.

Here’s the full menu of possible payment plans for participating connected devices:

Why Connect a Smart Home Device to OhmConnect?

nest thermostat from Google connected on different surfaces and in different rooms

The No. 1 reason to enroll your smart home in OhmConnect is to make money off of that asset. We’re all familiar with the costs of home ownership (and renting has additional costs too) so having a reliable extra income each month without additional work is a nice perk.

It’s also a great thing to do to make an impact on climate change. By enrolling your smart thermostat or smart plug in OhmConnect’s energy saving program, you are volunteering to use less electricity when it is dirtiest and most expensive. OhmConnect prevents peaker power plants from turning on and releasing emissions that hurt the atmosphere and the air we breathe. OhmConnect makes your home responsive to the grid and helps prevent blackouts during summer heatwaves.

nest thermostat from Google connected on different surfaces and in different rooms

Where is the Best Place to Put a Smart Plug?

Typically when someone asks this question, they’re thinking about voice-activation: Should I put it on my stereo? Make my lights come on?

But with OhmConnect, you should think about it differently. We are using these smart plugs for energy saving. So logically, you will want to put them where you can save the most energy.

Here are some energy-hogging appliances that can really pay you a lot of Watts if you put a smart device on it:

For more great advice on how to make the most with your smart devices, check out these tips.

Recycle Your Old Thermostat

So you’re done with an old thermostat. How the heck do you recycle it? First things first, you need to know if your thermostat is mercury or digital.

Thanks for being a member of OhmConnect. It’s good for the planet, and good for your wallet.