How The “Bottom Up” OhmHour Strategy Is Earning Users Points & Not Leaving Them In The Dark
When new OhmConnect users think about what they can do to save energy during an OhmHour, most start with asking themselves, "What can I turn off?"
And since turning off lights is an obvious thing to do, those usually go first.
Then they might think of turning off their TV or computer. Sitting in the dark for an hour, they dream of how many points they are going to get for all their energy reduction. Then when their results come in a few days later, they are often sorely disappointed upon discovering that they didn't save that much energy.
The cold hard facts are that modern CFL or LED lights don't really take much electricity to operate, and even a computer or TV isn’t draining too much for any one hour. All to say - sitting in the dark for an hour isn't going to crush your OhmHour the way you might want it to.
But take heart, there are other things you can do that will really make a difference, and which don't require you to miss out on your Handmaid's Tale viewing or sit in the dark.
The big three things that take the most energy are:
By avoiding doing these energy-hogging activities during an OhmHour, you will likely have a pretty healthy reduction.
Other big energy hogs to not run or turn off are your:
Pro tip: if it is a hot day and your turn off your A/C, your house temperature will likely only change by about five degrees during the OhmHour. If it gets hot, turn on a fan since those take only about 0.050 kWh!
A great way of planning for an OhmHour is not to focus on what you can turn off, but instead what you can leave on.
Here’s a graphic that shows you the relative energy consumptions of common devices and appliances:
So! During your next OhmHour, take a bottom-up approach by first turning everything off and then turn back on the few things you want to use.
Big points in your account and sparing the hassle of sitting in the dark? Win-win.