Winners announced in tech-energy contest

The Department of Energy on Wednesday released the names of the winners of the Green Button challenge, underlining links between the vibrant IT sector, smart grid and traditional energy business. Best overall APP, Grand Prize: Leafully.

This app is the brainchild of Seattle-based team, Timothy Edgar and Nathan Jhaveri who describe themselves as "two developers with an idea." Their app submission, Leafully, helps utility customers visualize their Green Button data as a variety of units, such as the amount of trees needed to offset an individual's energy usage. Leafully encourages users to set energy savings goals and to share their progress on Facebook.

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