Data Challenge winners make energy waste a thing of the past


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Looking for smart, technological ways to reduce energy consumption, or to make decisions on what house to buy based on energy use?

The American Energy Data Challenge winners are making those dreams a reality with the Energy Department’s open data.

For most of November, citizens have been voting on proposals, which could be submitted by anyone, to turn the Energy Department’s open data into apps and programs that can better Americans’ lives and environment.

“By harnessing your ingenuity, we can help Americans use energy more efficiently,” said Adam Sieminski, head of the Energy Information Administration.

Home Energy Score API was a winner in one of the three categories. The Home Energy Score API will score a house based on its consumption with information garnered from Energy Department data. The score allows homebuyers to look at a house’s energy consumption before they buy it on sites such as

Ohmconnect won the Killer Idea for an Energy-Focused Application category. The app would alert users when a smart grid is about to reach peak demand, so they can reduce their consumption and sell it back to the electricity company.

Other winners included data sets that would allow users to see how much renewable energy is being produced in their community, an app that would award users with points that can be redeemed for items, for saving energy, and a website that will inform visitors of energy incentives in their area.

Each category had three placing winners and a popular-choice winner. First place winners won at least $1,000.

A second contest will begin in January and will have contestants actually build apps and programs.

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