Californians now can make their home smarter, optimize their energy use and get paid
New York, NY (March 5, 2018) - Centrica Hive, the business behind the Hive smart home brand, today announced a partnership with OhmConnect, a California-based software energy management company that allows its subscribers to maximize energy usage in return for cash payment.
OhmConnect customers will receive 20% off select Hive smart home packs - which give their customers increased control of energy products from virtually anywhere, and users will be rewarded with up to 4,000 OhmCredit points when they purchase and activate the Hive Welcome Home pack or the Hive Heating and Cooling pack. Both packs include a beautifully designed Hive Active Thermostat. Simple and easy to use, customers can control their energy usage and manage their homes more effectively with the ability to remotely adjust heating and cooling from their smartphone, whether they are at home or on-the-go. Hive smart home devices also work with smart speakers, like Amazon Alexa or Google Home.
OhmConnect is a service designed for customers in several parts of California to offset energy by alerting them when they should save energy. OhmConnect users can connect their Hive smart devices to the OhmConnect app to enjoy all the benefits of the smart home and get paid while saving energy.
During peak grid consumption times, OhmConnect sends #OhmHours notifications where customers can earn credits for energy not used. This program is based on gamification, where customers are incentivized to participate and can redeem their credits for direct monetary compensation.
The Hive partnership will allow OhmConnect to remotely connect with its customers' Hive smart devices to deliver demand response related capabilities. For example, a user will be able to elect whether they would like to have their Hive Active Thermostat remotely set to an energy efficient temperature during #OhmHours, to maximize their energy savings.
"Designed to make the smart home accessible, the Hive smart home experience will allow OhmConnect customers to conveniently manage their homes and their energy more easily," said Roy Vella, Vice President & General Manager North America, Centrica Hive. "We are proud to work with a partner like OhmConnect in the U.S. to help reduce stress on the grid."
"OhmConnect is excited to announce our partnership with Hive," said Matt Duesterberg, CEO, OhmConnect. "Their best-in-class smart home products, combined with our energy sharing service, paves the way to a sustainable energy future and smart homes for everyone."
For more information, go here: www.ohmconnect.com/hive.
Since 2014, OhmConnect has worked to simplify home energy savings through behavioral energy use reductions and smart device automation. OhmConnect currently enables thousands of California utility customers with the opportunity to earn monthly and annual PayPal payment rewards for timely, smarter home energy savings. Anyone who uses any of the three major California energy suppliers: Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric can sign up for free at OhmConnect. Follow us on Twitter @OhmConnect, see our OhmConnect Blog, or check us out on Facebook and LinkedIn.
The Hive smart home experience is focused on making daily life a little easier, freeing people up to spend time doing the things they love. Through a mix of software, products and services, Hive smart home solutions are designed to be accessible, easy to use and helpful in everyday situations. The business behind the Hive brand is Centrica Hive, part of Centrica Consumer. Centrica plc plans to invest £500m in Hive by 2020, taking the Hive smart home experience multi-market. The cumulative number of Hive Hubs installed has reached 900,000, up 71% since the start of 2017.
Centrica plc is an international energy and services company organized around two global customer-facing divisions, Centrica Consumer and Centrica Business, focused on the residential consumer and the business customer respectively. Centrica's areas of focus for growth are Energy Supply & Services, Connected Home, Distributed Energy & Power and Energy Marketing & Trading. Centrica develops new and innovative products and services for customers globally and supplies more than 25.7 million customer accounts mainly in the UK, Ireland and North America through strong brands such as British Gas, Hive, Direct Energy and Bord Gáis Energy, supported by around 12,000 engineers and technicians.