I’ve shared this before, but sharing again since it’s so easy and there’s $0 in startup cost. Hoping it will help others in California, NY or Texas make some side money!
I signed up for a government funded program called OhmConnect last year and it’s been a great way to make passive income (I made ~$3,000 last year).
OhmConnect has the ability to turn off connected devices (ex: thermostat and smart plugs) on occasion when the energy grid is taxed. They typically turn things off for 1 hours 2-3x a week, and I’ve never been bothered by it. Each time they turn off the devices I earn points that can be redeemed for cash, Amazon gift cards, more plugs, etc.
I started off earning roughly $10 a month passively. Nothing to write home about, so I slowly used rewards (took about 6 months) to purchase smart plugs for everything in my house. Best strategy for me was to cash out in Amazon gift cards then bulk buy the plugs on Amazon.
Now I am making roughly $50 a week in totally passive income.
Very low lift once things are set up
Great environmental impact (reduces energy during “OhmHours” but also in general because of the smart plugs)
Reduces my monthly electric bill pretty significantly (down $20/mo despite using the AC more)
Got a free Nest thermostat from them
Not spammy (they only email notifications about upcoming “events” when they plan to turn off power to linked devices)
It’s possible to opt out of an event if you want
Only available in CA, TX, and NY
Gives a company my energy data
Disclaimer: If you sign up via my referral link and become an active customer I make $40 and you’ll get $10 if you’re in CA, $30 in TX and $20 in NY.
Referral Link: https://ohm.co/tracykimball