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Free service helping users earn money and save energy

Posted at 12:55 AM, Oct 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 20:21:23-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV)- With record-breaking heat this summer and many people working from home, San Diegans may have seen a spike in their energy bill. OhmConnect is a free service helping residents earn cash and save energy.

“We’ve seen people’s energy bills increase typically from 10 to 15 percent,” says Curtis Tongue, Co-Founder of OhmConnect.

With more energy use, the county has been no stranger to rolling blackouts. OhmConnect is hoping to change that.

“Instead of powering up some additional power plant, after the sun sets, alternatively, you can just get people to save energy,” says Tongue.

The free service pays users every week to save money.

“We will send you a text message and ask you to power down for about an hour, and if you do, you get paid.”

A new incentive program for users already has some people cashing in from a prize pool. Last week a woman in Northern California won $100,000. A woman in San Diego was rewarded $25,000. A $3,000 prize was also given to a resident who lives in San Diego county.

Users must meet the energy-saving goal for an OhmHour to be placed in the prize pool.