New System Pays Consumers to Use Less Energy

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The Internet of Things has revolutionised the way we think about technology in our daily lives and has been instrumental in the development of energy saving devices. One such example of this is Ohmconnect, a sustainable energy manager that was officially launched last year.

Consumers know that they should use less electricity as it all adds up to eventually produce real effects on our environment. If that wasn’t enough reason to limit electricity usage in itself, there is also the obvious benefit of saving money on monthly energy bills.

However, human habits are hard to break, so this has historically not been enough of an incentive to change real consumer energy consumption behaviours. This is where Ohmconnect comes into play.

The system helps to reduce electricity usage by notifying the user of when the energy grid is experiencing peak periods, and asking them to reduce their consumption. If the user has connected smarthome devices such as Nest, the system can even make the appropriate adjustments automatically.

The real icing on the cake is the fact that the user will be paid for the energy that they don’t use. This sounds counterintuitive, but by freeing up valuable bandwidth on the energy grid by reducing consumption, energy companies don’t have to activate their additional peak power stations, which cost them money and have larger carbon footprints due to their emissions. Therefore, through a complicated process, this amount gets netted off and paid to the consumer.

The clever system is a play on energy markets but brings relevance to the consumer in a way that has not yet been seen. Suddenly, using less electricity becomes an even more enticing prospect, and perhaps this is what is needed to create a larger shift in energy consumption behaviours.

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