A climate app that helps people decarbonise & save on energy

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Posted 1 year ago

Many people are concerned about climate change and energy usage and want to take action, but struggle with feeling helpless as just one person. What can be surprising to some is the power we have as individuals to make change. Approximately 70 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions can be indirectly attributed to households. What this means is that people have a lot of power to take action, right at home.

Zerofy Co-Founders Criss Uudam and Till Quack realized that when people were trying to figure out the carbon footprint of their household and make changes, they experienced friction. To help solve this problem, they launched Zerofy in 2022 to help households decarbonise, make a difference, and save money.

Zerofy Co-Founders Criss Uudam and Till Quack

How does the Zerofy app work?

Zerofy is an app that automatically tracks your carbon footprint in real-time, and then makes recommendations for lowering it by switching to low-carbon energy and products.

  1. Sign up and enter your household characteristics, plus details about mobility, diet, home heating and energy. You can add a goal for when you would like your household to become zero-carbon. Connect smart home appliances and devices, plus credit cards, for even deeper insights.
  2. The app then automatically generates your household carbon emissions, in real-time.
  3. You’ll be given recommended actions you can take to reduce your emissions. Plus, learn through articles and guides, and access low-carbon products and services in the Discover tab.
  4. Habitually track emissions and see the impact of your actions on your household carbon footprint while working towards a zero-carbon life.

By using the app, you will be able to understand where your emissions come from, how to reduce them, and in the process, save energy and money.

Zerofy is different from other apps on the market because we provide a holistic picture of a household’s carbon emissions. Instead of just tracking one or two areas, we show your emissions across four main sources: heating and energy, mobility, goods and services, and food. We’re also set apart because we focus on measurable, additional climate actions on an individual level. Instead of selling carbon offsets, we empower users with granular insights into their emissions, and then give them tangible and actionable ways to work towards reducing them.

Produce solar energy without your own rooftop panels—and view live production & earnings!

Zerofy has a 67kW solar park in Estonia that anyone in the world can rent a solar panel in. We started Shared Solar because we wanted to help anyone who is interested in supporting solar energy participate in the market. This means that people who are renters can get involved in solar, as well as homeowners who don’t yet have the funds for their own panels. If you already have solar panels, but have exceeded your rooftop capacity, Shared Solar can help you produce more solar energy.

When you rent a panel, it stays in our Shared Solar park. The solar energy is fed into the grid in Estonia, making you a green energy producer who is contributing to a greener grid. Zerofy sells it at the market price, and after a 20% operating fee, sends the proceeds to you.

You can use the earnings as you wish, but some ideas are putting it towards your utility bill or adding it to your fund for your own solar panels. When electricity prices rise in Europe, so do your earnings from your panel. Unlike most offsetting projects, renting a Shared Solar panel has a measurable and additional impact.

You can view the electricity production, avoided CO2, and your earnings in real-time, right in the app! This is unique as most green utility plans or offsetting projects just send people yearly averages. With access to all of these powerful insights in the app, Zerofy Shared Solar renters get to be very involved and have a similar experience as those who have rooftop solar.

Zerofy is available in Europe in the iOS App Store, here. It will be available in the US in spring of 2023, and Shared Solar panels can be rented today from anywhere in the world.