28 May '12, 2pm

Leafully Wins DOE's Apps for Energy Contest

Leafully Wins DOE's Apps for Energy Contest

Last week, the Department of Energy announced the winners of its Apps for Energy contest that challenged developers to create apps using Green Button -- an open standard for sharing electricity data of utility customers -- that would help consumers to understand and reduce their energy use. The first place winner was Leafully, an app that calculates a user's energy use and then displays the impact in number of trees as a way to help users understand the environmental impact of energy consumption. Leafully's contest entry states that the app "is about helping people understand energy usage. A huge problem is that the units of energy are hard to comprehend. Leafully brings these terms down to something simple - a tree. Leafully also recognizes that energy usage is more than just electricity usage and thus tries to give the user a total tree footprint - the amount of trees ne...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-technology/leafully-wins-...

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