You Could Win Free Electric For Life By Cutting off Your AC for a Few Hours

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p>p>Listen, we know it’s hot in California this summer, so this might sound silly… but would you be willing to turn your air conditioning off for an hour tonight?

Just one hour. Power down that AC, and flip on the fans.

Why? Because you’ll be one step closer to potentially getting your electric bills paid for life.

Yup — if you sign up for OhmConnect, a California energy-saving program, and power down for one hour tonight, you might never have to pay an electric bill again.

How to Get Your Electric Bill Paid for the Rest of Your Life

Honestly, there are a lot of sweepstakes out there, and we gloss over many of them because, well, what are the chances you’ll actually win?

But OhmConnect’s MEGA Summer 2019 contest is different. Even if you don’t win its grand prize (your electric bills paid for life!), you’re still winning.

OhmConnect will pay you to reduce your energy usage for a few hours each week. San Diego resident John Hastie made more than $400 in one month through the platform.

Here’s how it works:

Once you sign up for your free OhmConnect account, you’ll connect your online Pacific Gas & Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric or Southern California Edison account.

Then OhmConnect will email or text you about upcoming #OhmHours. These occur a couple of times each week, and you’ll get rewarded when you cut back on your energy consumption. Hold off on laundry and dishes, turn the AC off and unplug that coffeemaker — just for an hour.

Now here’s where the contest comes in.

This summer, between June 1 and Sept. 30, you’ll get notified of MEGA #OhmHours, which include specific energy-saving goals for you. Hit these goals and automatically get entered to win weekly prizes.

Once you collect three entries (or successfully participate in three MEGA #OhmHours), you’ll be entered to win the grand prize: free electric for life.

When OhmConnect ran this contest last year, it gave away $2.5 million in cash and prizes.

It’s super easy to sign up and enter, and we like it because, even if you don’t win that grand prize, you’ll still get paid to save electricity during #OhmHours.

The free electric for life is just an additional perk.

Honestly, can you even imagine a world where you didn’t have to pay an electric bill?!

The average monthly electric bill in California was $101.49 in 2017, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. If you win, you could save more than $1,200 in savings a year.

Oh, the places you could vacation with that money…

Carson Kohler ([email protected]) is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. When she lived in Florida, her summers were very, very expensive.