You SHOULD be seeing win win lose.
You know who loses? People who have been in this program from the beginning, supporting OhmConnect through growing pains, helping spread information about the program, getting automated, people who have already mined all their friends for referrals, and who are now getting 26 cents every couple of weeks for rare Ohm Hours since they have already gone to effort to reduce their usage.
Thanks for posting your thoughts here, @friendlyfiregoddess.
We do know that it's for users with a low baseline to reach a higher status level. I'm in the same position. I've passed this feedback on to our product team to see what we can do to improve the user experience for folks like us. One thing we just introduced was Streaks, which will help you earn more points if you consistently save.
One thing I will say is that the payouts need to match what OhmConnect receives for each user's savings. So, if I'm only able to contribute .5kWh to the the total reductions that OhmConnect needs, OhmConnect needs to pay out in line with what we're paid by the grid. We are a business after all.
Happy to hear thoughts from other people!
Great question @WaterGuy and welcome to OhmConnect!
I'll be honest: we don't support the app very regularly, so I recommend using the mobile browser on the go.
If it's likely to be cloudy, it's best to opt out. Because they only measure the difference from usual usage during that hour, if it's usually sunny, but not during the Ohmhour, you "usage" we be calculated as very high.
At night solar plays no part, so you have total control. What is you "normal" usage during 7-8? The ohmhour email usually says how much they expect you will use during the hour. If you normally don't run heavy electricity use devices like the dishwasher, washer/dryer, oven/microwave/stove, pool pump, heat/AC, hairdryer, etc. during that time you may have very low base line, which makes it hard to reduce further.
Hi Karen - yes, this is a new feature we just released for users who earn points (i.e., are Silver or higher status level.) Excited that you noticed. Here are some quick answers: