“There’s an app for that.” As an iPhone and iPad user, I know first-hand that there is an app for nearly every task I want to do in my life. Soon there may be a Department of Energy-sponsored app to help me save money on my monthly utility bills. The U.S. Department of Energy has launched the first ever Apps for Energy competition. At stake is a $30,000 cash prize for the best overall app submitted.

 

“Apps for Energy leverages Green Button — an open standard for sharing electricity usage information. For the competition, developers will mash-up Green Button data with other public data sources to create innovative, energy-focused apps. Submissions can be any kind of software application broadly available to the public — including apps for the Web, personal computers, and mobile devices.” Source: DOE

 

Contestants will vie for a share of $100,000 in prizes and submissions will be accepted through May 15, 2012 with the winners being announced on May 22, 2012. For contest details visit the official Apps for Energy website.

 

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