The #OhmHours May Slow Down, But The Fun Doesn’t Stop This Season

Don’t let the winter blues get you down. OhmConnect’s big prizes are stickin’ around!

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Curtis Tongue
September 27, 2019

As you may have already noticed, the seasons are a-changing over here at OhmConnect. As we wrap up MEGA Summer and bask in the glow of all the amazing things we accomplished together as a community, we’re also looking forward to what’s next.

The changing seasons and cooling temperatures don’t only mean we’re trading our bathing suits for cozy sweaters, it also means changes to the way the electricity grid operates, which translates into some changes to the OhmConnect experience. In short summary, you’ll get fewer #OhmHours and the number of points you’ll earn during a given #OhmHour will likely be a bit lower.

Here’s what’s happening, from a grid perspective:

Why the slowdown of #OhmHours and points?

  • The grid is more stable. As temperatures drop across the state and we’re less reliant on energy-hogging air conditioning units, demand on the energy grid is less intense.
  • The prices of electricity are lower. VERY long (and complicated) story short, electricity costs less to generate in the winter because we simply need less of it, but still have the same resources available to generate it. When demand is lower, the cheaper, more sustainable sources of energy (like wind and solar) can cover more of our needs and so the cost of electricity (and the amount energy companies are willing to pay for reduction) goes down. (Want to learn more about where the prices of electricity come from? Check out this blog from our Founder, Matt.)

And while grid stability is a good thing for the planet (less demand = less need to fire up dirty power plants), we want to keep the good times rolling all year long!

OhmConnect in the off-season: Prize #OhmHours

Here’s what you need to know about what’s coming down the pipeline for OhmConnect users:

  1. Prize giveaways will continue with our Power in Numbers program, with its own Grand Prize and bi-weekly prize drawings. Last year we introduced a new type of bonus #OhmHour called a Prize #OhmHour that we are bringing back for these cooler months. Prize #OhmHours don’t pay out points, but beating your goal does qualify you for a bi-weekly prize drawing. You can also qualify to win by getting a referral to Silver status or having a smart device power down during any #OhmHour. Every two weeks (on Sunday nights at 5pm), we’ll broadcast the Prize #OhmHour winner (or winners!) on our Facebook Live show, Power In Numbers. We’ll also keep you in the loop on new updates about OhmConnect, answer any questions, and who knows —  maybe see some special guests visit the stage! Note: Prize #OhmHours do not count towards or hurt your streak and you can opt out of receiving Prize #OhmHours altogether and choose to only MEGA #OhmHours if you'd like. Learn more about Power in Numbers here.
  1. While the energy grid is generally more stable during the off season, we may send a MEGA #OhmHour to our community if the grid needs you. Based on seasonal patterns, this may happen about once per month. Note that while MEGA #OhmHours will earn you points, unlike during MEGA Summer, beating your MEGA #OhmHour energy goal during the off season will not enter you to win a weekly prize.
  1. If you’d like to keep things simple, opt in to our MEGA-only program. Learn more about MEGA-only here. 
  1. We’ll be firing back up the $100,000 Grand Prize, in hopes we can give it away this Spring. As you may remember from last year, we’ll be tracking how much energy all of OhmConnect saves this season, and once we’ve collectively reduced 1 Gigawatt, we’ll announce the winner of the Grand Prize draw for $100,000!

To be eligible to win a prize during a Prize #Ohmhour you’ll need to do one of the following:

1. Beat your Prize #OhmHour goal. We’ll tell you what your specific goal for that Prize #OhmHour is in the email and SMS ahead of time — it’ll be lower than your forecast, but not as tough as MEGA goals were this summer.

2. Or, refer someone new to OhmConnect who reaches Silver status and saves energy during an #OhmHour

3. Or, have a smart device (like a smartplug or smart thermostat) respond (turn off or down!) during a Prize #OhmHour

Remember: you just have to do one of these to qualify for the prize each round, not all three!

We can’t wait to get started.

The first episode of OhmConnect Live will happening at 5PM PT on Sunday, October 20th on our Facebook page. Tune in to find out what’s up for grabs in the first week of the next round of giveaways!

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