OhmConnect wants to pay you to save energy (and the planet, too)

ohmconnect save energy make money screen shot 2017 03 07 at 2 06 42 pm
What’s good for the planet can also be good for your wallet. Meet OhmConnect, a new company that is paying you to save the planet and thereby making the process of going green enjoyable.

For the last three years, OhmConnect has been helping folks monitor their energy usage and save money. As the company explains on its website, when you sign up for OhmConnect, you will get notified when your home begins using energy from unsustainable sources, like a power plant that spews carbon emissions. But if you save energy at that time, say by turning off your lights, your AC, or unplugging a few electronics, you can get paid (the company claims between $100 and $300 a year).

Included in OhmConnect’s services is an interactive map that shows users where their electricity is sourced. This, company co-founder Curtis Tongue told NPR, makes the notion of climate change and pollution much more personal. By showing users exactly how they impact the environment on an individual level, OhmConnect hopes they can create a sense of resonance that could help in the global fight against climate change.

“When our users save energy, they earn points,” Tongue told NPR. “We have a dashboard that we’ve built out that’s kind of gamified energy saving.”

OhmConnect features a user dashboard that allows users to keep an eye on just how much energy they are saving and, as a result, how many points they are accumulating. These points can then be traded in for cash via PayPal, or be turned into donations to a nonprofit of your choice. You can even choose to combine your points with others in order to donate a larger sum.

So if you’re looking for a way to go green, OhmConnect just may be the solution you (and your wallet) have been waiting for.

Home Theater

Plex is the latest player to contemplate the subscription streaming game

With massive reach thanks to its client app being supported virtually every media device on the planet, Plex is now looking at the future of its media curation platform. A future that may include free and subscription services.
Smart Home

Want a smarter home? Ditch the keys with these great smart locks

A good smart lock should offer a combination of security and convenience. Fortunately, these devices keep your home protected, your family safe, and your belongings secure from possible intruders.
Home Theater

Looking to cut cable? Here’s everything you need to know about Pluto TV

Pluto TV offers plenty of entertainment in a fashion similar to live internet TV services, only at no cost — you don’t even need to register. Too good to be true? Here’s everything you need to know.
Mobile

We tried all the latest and greatest smartphones to find the best of 2019

Smartphones are perhaps the most important and personal piece of tech on the planet. That’s why it’s important to pick the best phone for your individual needs. Here are the best smartphones you can buy.
Smart Home

Idaho mother says her child’s light-up sippy cup exploded

After a mother filled a Nuby insulated light-up cup with milk, the cup allegedly exploded. The incident caused burns to the mother's hand and face and a stinging sensation in her lungs that required a trip to the hospital.
Smart Home

Project Alias is a ‘smart parasite’ that stops smart speakers from listening

Two designers chose to do something about nosy smart speakers. The result is Project Alias, a "smart parasite" that whispers nonsense to Google Home and Alexa until it hears a specific wake word.
Smart Home

The Instant Pot Lux is a gateway drug into the pleasures of pressure cooking

The 3-quart Instant Pot Lux is one of the most affordable Instant Pots you can buy. Is it still a solid pressure cooker? Here are our thoughts on the Instant Pot Lux, a great IP baseline model.
Smart Home

DS3 Clean water-free swatches could be the future of cleaning products

DS3 Clean swatches were on display at CES 2019. The small swatches come in several types, including shampoo and toilet cleaner. They're great for travel, but their real impact is in how such supplies will be shipped and stored.
Smart Home

Amazon patents a technology to help Alexa fight fake voice attacks

Amazon filed a patent this month for a new technology that looks like it would help its digital assistant Alexa fight fake voice attacks that could potentially fool Alexa's biometric security protocols.
Smart Home

Amazon Prime members number more than 100 million in the U.S., survey says

Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimated there were 101 million U.S. Amazon Prime members as of December 31, 2018. Last April, CEO Jeff Bezos wrote there were more than 100 global million Prime members.
Smart Home

With focus on interoperability, is Nevo Butler a smarter home hub?

Universal Electronics is the latest company getting into the smart home market, announcing at CES 2019 that it intends to market the Nevo Butler, a new smart home hub with onboard A.I. and voice control technology.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: camera with A.I. director, robot arm assistant

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Emerging Tech

Google’s radar-sensing tech could make any object smart

Computer scientists have shown how Google’s Soli sensor can be used to make dumb objects smart. Here's why radar-powered computing could finally make the dream of smart homes a reality.
Smart Home

The best air fryers deliver fried food with a fraction of the calories

What is this magical mechanism? It's an air fryer, and when used correctly, it can mimic the effects of frying while using just a little bit of oil. You still get that crispy, golden exterior and the fluffy center.