“Above all, this award is an opportunity to expand our network!”

What is EcoIsme's aim? Ivan Pasichnyk : EcoIsme aims to provide the tools for everyone to be able to take steps to protect the environment and the planet from the comfort of their own home. We know that too much energy can be simply wasted – that we sometimes consume more than we really need. With EcoIsme, we want everyone to be able to save money and protect resources while helping to develop renewable energy sources as much as possible. If we truly want to change our energy system, for example by developing solar power, we need to make sure that demand from consumers doesn't exceed the amount of energy generated by the solar panels. How does your device work? EcoIsme can result in energy savings of up to 30%, and even more with solar panels. To measure the energy being consumed by the household and to obtain data on the residents' habits, we use our own sensor, which is connected to the main power line and plugged into a socket. Once we have this data, we send it to the user. The data, which gives details on the energy used by all the appliances in the home, is very easy to analyse so that users can understand where their money is going and control their spending. Why did you call it EcoIsme? It's a contraction of "Ecology is me", which states the main aim of the system and the start-up's truly eco-friendly vision. We're convinced that sustainable development requires smart homes. Human beings can't spend their entire lives monitoring everything, but technology can help us to save time, money and the planet's resources. You've just won the 2016 EDF Pulse Award for the "Smart Home" category. For us, this award from EDF is above all an opportunity to expand our network. It's also a source of pride due to the huge support we received from Ukraine during the vote (although the start-up is based in Krakow, Ivan Pasichnyk is Ukrainian – Ed.). And winning €100,000 in prize money is also a nice bonus. Especially now that we're finalising the prototypes and moving to the production stage. To go furtherEcoIsme: Regulate energy in your homeAnd the three winners of the third EDF Pulse Awards are...