There’s a plethora of apps now available to encourage green living. Some measure your carbon emissions specifically, some offer up daily tips to help you live a more sustainable lifestyle. Below are five of the best to make you more energy efficient.
Zero Carbon: This app is a global carbon footprinting tool, telling you the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that result from your day-to-day lifestyle and then offers tips on how to change your habits to reduce your emissions. You can compare your personal data to global averages and share your information via Facebook. This application encourages its users to feel part of a carbon-conscious community, to be open with their stats and to help each other to improve emission rates.
Green Genie: If you are struggling to think up new ways to live sustainability, then Green Genie has a few ideas. The application has over one hundred suggestions for small and large eco projects, from car-pooling to taking your own plastic bags when you go shopping. The app’s real benefit lies in the fact that its users can submit their own ideas, therefore the database of green tips grows exponentially. There is also a glossary of terms and a recommended reading list for sustainability, so you can become a fully-fledged green geek.
Carticipate: Fuel emissions are the biggest contributor to greenhouse gases ruining our environment and Carticipate is the app to help you reduce your carbon footprint by way of social transportation. It opens up a social network for its users where you can find other members travelling the same or similar route to you. You can also offer ride shares and car-pooling by uploading your destination which will inform users in your local area that are going the same way.
GoodGuide: This brilliant little application immediately reveals whether products are safe, healthy, green and socially responsible while you shop. The app has a barcode scanner that allow users to quickly access the Good Guide’s science based health, environment and social ratings for over 120,000 products. The personalisation feature lets you highlight and focus on the issues you are most concerned with such as energy efficiency, climate change, nutritional information and much more.
Green Metre: By utilising the iPhone’s accelerometer this app measures your driving style, fuel consumption and mileage over a period of time, and then rates how energy efficient it all is. Perfect for aspiring hypermilers, Green Metre will tell you if you’re too throttle-happy and help you to maintain steady speeds so you can get more miles out of your petrol tank. As an eco-driving efficiency tool that assists you in saving gas, it therefore saves you money as well as the planet.
Do you have a favorite app that helps you be more energy efficient? Let us know in the comment section!
Guest author Zac Colbert covers a range of technology subjects, including eco tech, mobile workforce management and sustainable design. He writes for green blogs, magazines and online journals, focusing on ways to inspire companies to become more sustainable.