As it turns out, being kinda broke is a big-time advantage when you’re fighting for your life in a smartphone app-based sustainability competition.Fighting for points, I mean. Same difference.The app is called Lose-A-Watt, and it might prove Fort Collins’ secret weapon as the city competes with 49 others for the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize. The jackpot will go to the city that makes the biggest cuts in residential, municipal and educational electricity and natural gas use during 2015 and 2016, compared to 2013-2014 levels.Public engagement is a factor, too, and if the city lands the prize, the money will go toward community energy efficiency measures.Fort Collins spent $15,000 on the app as part of its Lose-A-Watt campaign, and a group of Colorado State University students tested it out earlier this year. They’re trying to use the app to find out whether “gamifying” sustainable habits can make them more popular.I was dying to try it out myself, so I put on my most ferocious game face and managed to snag a spot in the December 2015 EcoChallenge (read: downloaded the free app, tapped the “challenge” icon and hit “join”).RELATED: Clock ticks on Fort Collins’ bold climate action goalsThe app… Read full this story
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