City Energy Challenge

Help Prevent California Blackouts This Summer and Your City Could Be Crowned CA’s “Energy Saving Superhero”

This Summer, Power Down to Give Power to the People.

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Blackouts caused by extreme demand on our energy grid have caused irreparable damage to the lives and livelihoods of too many Californians and it has felt like there’s not much any one of us can do to prevent them. Until now.  

To help prevent blackouts this summer, we're challenging communities across the state of California to see who can save the most energy - a little neighborly competition to decide California's most energy-conscious city.

To do our part to prevent blackouts, OhmConnect is offering a free smart thermostat or $25 + 2 smart plugs to Californians that connects to North America’s largest virtual power plant.

City energy challenge - map of CA
Google Nest Thermostat on cooling setting - free at OhmConnect while supplies last
Google Nest Thermostat on cooling setting - free at OhmConnect while supplies last

The City Energy Challenge is part of our EndCABlackouts Promotion, where OhmConnect gives away free smart thermostats to up to 1 million California households.

With 1 Million thermostats connected to OhmConnect, we have the ability to prevent blackouts by reducing demand on the grid by 680 MW at any particular moment (2x what we needed to avoid blackouts last summer) - the carbon equivalent of taking 146 cars off the road for an entire year.

Be a Part of the Solution

By participating, you are an integral part of the solution—a resident helping your community prevent blackouts.

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    All you need to do is join OhmConnect and connect your utility account - it only takes two minutes
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    Get a FREE smart thermostat or $25 + 2 smart plugs and connect your device to your OhmConnect account
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    Get SMS or email notifications during peak times​ to power down about an hour per week
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    Get paid for reducing your energy consumption during those peak times
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    Take control of your energy, and your energy bill
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    Earn rewards and cash prizes – like your energy bill paid for a year or scholarships for youth in your community – for your awesome efforts along the way

The Low Down: When you sign up for OhmConnect and save energy, you get paid. We work with SDG&E, PG&E and SCE, who pay us to reduce energy during times when energy is in high demand. This is cheaper and more efficient than turning on another power plant to generate more energy. The money we earn from the state of California is how we are able to reward our hundreds of thousands of users with cash payments and the chance to win epic prizes.

Did you know? Electricity is most expensive between 5 - 9 pm when solar power is no longer available. The biggest impact you can have on your energy usage and wallet comes from shifting WHEN you use it. At OhmConnect, we help you make these shifts through simple text and/or email notifications and automated smart devices. The more devices you have connected, the more you earn. Earn three times as much when you connect wi-fi enabled devices like a smart thermostat.

Which City Will be California’s “Energy Saving Superhero?”

City energy challenge - participating cities

OhmConnect will give the winning city $50,000 to award 10 scholarships of $5,000 each for education (community college, job training, university, etc.) to residents of their city. The municipal government of the winning city will determine the qualifications required to distribute the 10 scholarships. We will determine the winning city by calculating the total number of new, qualified OhmConnect customers with a connected thermostat or smart plug, as a percentage of the participating city’s total households. Cities will be eligible to win the scholarships if they have confirmed in writing their participation in the City Energy Challenge by June 18, 2021.

Thermostat & smart plug connections are heating up!

Measured as percentage of connected thermostats & smart plugs by city as a percentage of households.
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Energy reductions comin' in hot!

Measured in kWh reduced by city.

It Pays to Have Friends

Already an OhmConnect customer and doing your part in ending California blackouts? Amazing! Remember — you can additionally get rewarded for referring others.

Official Rules

*Offer valid from May 19, 2021 to September 30, 2021.  Sign up for OhmConnect, connect your utility account, and become an active customer to be eligible to receive a free smart thermostat or other smart device. You must satisfy all conditions for eligibility (including connecting your new smart device to OhmConnect within 30 days of delivery), or you will be charged the purchase price for your selected smart device, which ranges from $19.99 to $169.99 MSRP.  Limit one offer per participating household. Available to new OhmConnect customers only. If you choose to receive a Google Nest thermostat, you must also agree to Google's Rush Hour Rewards Terms & Conditions. Cannot be combined with other offers. OhmConnect reserves the right to cancel the offer at any time. Terms and conditions apply.

Google and Nest Thermostat are trademarks of Google LLC. Individual savings are not guaranteed.