How It Works

MeterLeader motivates people to save energy through online challenges that are integrated with real-time electricity data. Participate in a challenge by following these 4 easy steps:

Organizers     Participants


Design Challenge

Give your challenge a name, set energy reduction goals, and the types of rewards.


Invite Participants

Recruit challenge participants by sharing the challenge page over social media and email.


Monitor Savings

Monitor the progress of your challenge over its duration, and engage with participants.


Reward Winners

At the end of the challenge reward your winners with a prize and recognition.

How We Calculate Energy Savings & Carbon Emissions

MeterLeader relies on a trusted third party to sync your hourly electricity and natural gas usage data from your utility account.

The MeterLeader platform is designed so that only you can see and access your exact energy use data. However, our public facing Challenge pages do display some figures derived from your energy use data. Our Challenge pages display your percentage change in kWh electricity use, therms of natural gas usage, and pounds of total carbon emissions, while also aggregating the group’s total kilowatt-hour (kWh) and therms energy savings.

We have chosen to display individual’s percent change in energy use because this allows for a more equal comparison and helps account for differences in home size, home type, number of occupants, and differences in equipment. The displayed percentage change in energy usage is calculated based on the individual’s electricity (kWh) and natural gas usage (therms) during the Challenge period as compared their previous year’s baseline usage during that same time period. Since Challenges are strictly focused on energy savings, we do not count negative values if participants increase their energy usage during the Challenge period.