Global warming has continued to emerge as one of the greatest threats to our planet, but people frequently do not pay much attention to the impact that they are leaving. Sure, they might might recycle, buy a Prius, even install solar panels, but many are probably not aware of how they use their energy. They will get a bill, but it does not really break down energy-usage for individual appliances.
EcoisMe, a Ukrainian-founded startup which emerged out of an energy-focused hackathon at TeslaCamp in August 2013 and which recently obtained 80K in funding from Krakow-based Hubraum, wants to help people become aware by obtaining data from their appliances and making it available to the end-users.
In order to use the service, you start by purchasing a smartmeter (at $100-200) from a local electricity-provider, you then register it online, and then access your data. There are already services that allow you to do this, such as Yetu, LoadIQ, and Bidgely, but EcoisMe wants to integrate their service with any electrical device and not just basic appliances.
Hubraum initially began as a Berlin-based incubator founded by Deutsche Telekom, but has expanded internationally with their Krakow branch. EcoisMe CMO Alexander Diatlov tells me that the lure of collaborating with the German telco giant is one of the reasons that they decided to leave behind Ukraine to build their business. Diatlov says that they are planning to soon begin a pilot project with Deutsche Telekom, which they will quickly scale.
EcoisMe has certainly not been the only project attracting the attention of the founding team over the past few months. Things have been fairly exciting over the past year, as Diatlov tells me that they found themselves in the middle of the political turmoil that rocked Ukraine earlier this year and decided to do their part to contribute. They ended up founding citizen-journalism service Spilno.TV, which has reached the 23-million view mark, and Opir, a platform designed to aid in monitoring elections. It originally launched as a generally, geolocation-based service for sharing information during the protests and it also became very popular, attaining more than 800K views from 40K visitors.