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Learn How To Get Paid For Saving Energy With This Tool

Learn How To Get Paid For Saving Energy With This Tool

How would you like to save energy, and get paid to do it at the same time? Well, there’s a company that has a built a tool for you to do just that. This company has dedicated their energy savvy to the greater good and is putting money back in your pocket, instead of exploiting it for selfish purposes like Enron did in the early 2000s.

That tool is OhmConnect. This is actually a free service that allows most people in California to lower the amount of energy they use, and get paid for doing that. All you have to do is sign up online and download the app. It sounds too good to be true, so you are probably wondering how OhmConnect works.

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How it Works

Basically, this tool works by organizing people together and getting them to reduce the amount of energy they use when the grid would prefer to pay people to lower their energy consumption instead of paying high fees to other power plants. Users receive messages via text, email, or push notification informing them of the time to reduce their energy consumption for an hour. Your reductions are measured via your smart meter data. To get paid, you can use your Venmo or PayPal account, and you can make money just by reducing your energy consumption for about half an hour.

What this does is reduce the demand for electricity during peak hours when additional power plants are usually used. However, if people aren’t using as much electricity, those “peaker” plants are no longer necessary. The best thing about these reduction events, which are called #OhmHours, is that they coincide when your home’s energy use is producing the most pollution. Those peaker plants produce 3 – 5x the carbon footprint and pollution into your local community than normal power plants do. Reducing local pollution and not using inefficient power plants, all by getting residents to reduce their energy use for an hour, is something that the state and the grid would gladly pay residents to ensure.

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Save Money, Earn Money

When peaker plants are about to turn on, the cost to produce electricity can jump to more than 20x its normal price. When OhmConnect sees these spikes, their notifications are triggered. The #OhmHour service has been created as a social event, and users have even rallied together to donate their earnings back into community groups, such as local schools and charities. There have already been a number of elementary schools which have started community fundraisers and have raised thousands of dollars for school supplies and events, driven entirely by that community’s energy reductions.

You may be surprised to learn just how much money you can earn just by making a few simple changes in the way you use energy. Users have earned up to $300 using their service and their community has prevented over half a million pounds of carbon dioxide from being emitted. Users can optionally automate the entire response of their home to #OhmHours, if they happen to connect wifi thermostats, electric vehicles, or other smart home devices. OhmConnect currently integrates with the ecobee 3 thermostat, Nest Learning Thermostat, Honeywell, electric cars, and other smart home automation equipment.

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Do You need to Have a Mobile Device?

While this app is often used by mobile device users, rest assured that as long as you have the ability to receive email messages or text messages, you can use this service. Currently, the service is only offered to residents of California, but other states are coming online soon. The California utilities that OhmConnect works through at the moment are PG&E, SoCal Edison, and San Diego Gas and Electric. To learn more about this tool and find out how you can sign up to save money on electricity and earn money at the same time, visit OhmConnect.com.

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    On a daily basis, we constantly hear news about different forms of road accidents, either because of some stupid drivers who recklessly drives their vehicle, over-speeding, and the list goes on. The dumbest mistakes people ever make we put all the blame to our government – for providing insufficient funds to spend with road widening, infrastructure upgrades, better traffic system, and best walkie-talkie[1] or radar speed gun for law enforcement. The lack of employment, low quality of education, corruption, sudden increase of necessity prices, and the unfinished road construction projects. Sometimes, we, as citizens, often forget that we also play a very important role in the chain process, and thus we should not put all the blame to our government.

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    There is no point denying that it is actually the government’s role to provide us good road and road signs. But if citizens do not actually follow these traffic rules as the basis of standards, how can they ever guarantee our safety? Yes, you may excuse yourself for not knowing the standard safety measures, but come on! We are not children anymore. Simple 1-2-3’s and a little common sense will do.

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    Owning a car or a motorcycle is great; it helps keep us on track in our fast paced lives. But, if we do not abide by the simple safety driving procedures, you definitely are at risk. In 2012, Los Angeles County alone, 59% motorcyclists were killed. This is more than 2010. And by 2013, California ranked third for motorcycle fatalities.[2] Thus, it is very important to buckle up your belts, wear your helmet and follow the traffic lights and other street signs. They serves as a warning. There could be some dangerous road ahead or any untoward incidences, and once you will not follow this and take proper precaution, trouble always meet you ahead, either a severe accident or a police honking you to pull over. And you know what will happen next.

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    Walking

    People who lives some blocks away from their workplace usually prefer to take a walk instead of driving their vehicle. This could save them a considerable amount of money on fuel. Plus it is a great way to exercise. Even so, although you are simply walking, it still is important to follow the road traffic signs. Wait for the green signal before crossing the lane, no matter if you are in a hurry or not. A lot of road accidents happen because some passersby merely doesn’t follow the traffic light signals. Also, do not forget to walk only in between the white lanes, or the so-called pedestrian lines.

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    Final Thoughts

    The issues and problems on the roads will never be resolve and forever will stay unless the citizens truly realize how necessary it is to follow traffic rules and regulations. As drivers, we are suppose to stay on our right lane, steer at the right speed, and follow every traffic sign. As pedestrian walkers, we are expected to cross at the right place, at the right time. If each party cooperates, we can achieve a harmonious flow of traffic.

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