Thanks to the thousands that voted.

We’re ecstatic to announce that we won the Popular Choice Award Grand Prize! This comes just two weeks after the US Department of Energy recognized Zerofootprint’s VELObill as one of the top three Best Overall Apps!

This past May Zerofootprint competed in Apps for Energy, a contest held by the US Department of Energy to see who could come up with the best application that helps consumers to manage utility costs and make smart decisions about consumption.

Apps for Energy was inspired by President Obama’s Green Button Initiative, a revolutionary movement that makes energy data freely available to the public. The brilliance of this is that developers can innovate and create great Apps that will change the way we use energy.

Don’t know what VELObill is? Watch this short video or click here to go to our Apps for Energy page.

What does it mean to win this award?

  • VELObill was profiled on the Department of Energy website.

  • We presented VELObill to the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy.

  • The Department of Energy provided support to develop our product so that we can help lead the energy management revolution.

This is an enormous win for the energy sector and consumers everywhere. By simplifying the measurement of energy consumption, we’re making it fun and easy for people to discover the goldmine under their feet while helping the planet as well.

The Judges

Karen Austin
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Patricia Hoffman
Assistant Secretary for the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
U.S. Department of Energy

Sharelynn Moore
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Itron, Inc., a provider of energy and water management solutions for utility companies.

Guy Kawasaki, Bill Reichert, Joyce Chung
Managing Directors
Garage Technology Ventures, a seed-stage and early-stage venture capital fund.

Aaron Shapiro
HUGE, Inc., a core digital strategy, marketing and implementation agency.

Judging Criteria

Potential Impact
Each submission was rated on the strength of its potential to help individuals, organizations, and communities make informed decisions about their electricity use.

Creativity and Innovation
Each submission was rated for the degree of new thinking it brings to applications for the energy sector, and the creativity shown in designing for impact.

Each submission was rated on its user experience and interactive capabilities. Preference was given to applications that are easily accessible to a range of consumers, including those with disabilities.

Use Green Button Data
Each submission must have made use of Green Button electricity usage data. Combining this data with other data sets, but if the app didn’t use Green Button data, it was disqualified.