Energy efficiency means not only saving money but being warmer and more comfortable in our homes. As you would expect in the digital age, there are many apps that purport to all help the homeowner keep a closer eye on how energy efficient their homes are. But are these apps worth the money? Underfloor Heating Trade Supplies took a closer look.
More and more of us spend hours glued to our smartphones but with these top energy efficiency apps, some of this time could be spent saving money!
But of course, energy efficiency is not about sitting in the dark or shivering with cold. We all need to be warm and our homes functional – no one wants to be in bed when darkness falls struggling to read by the flickering flames of a candle! – But neither do we want to be spending a huge amount on energy.
Apps are ideal in many ways. Use them the right way and you can not only monitor what gadgets and appliances are using a lot of energy, but you can control them too. But which ones are the best?
As the name of the Meter Reading app suggests, this clever download allows you to monitor household meters. In fact, you can track up to nine separate meters including water, gas and electricity. All you need to do is enter your meter readings into the app, producing a clever graph of your energy and water usage over time.
Currently available for Apple users only, it costs 99p and is great for monitoring general energy use and identifying heavy use too.
Energy Cost Calculator
Sticking with iOS users, for the time being, the free Energy Cost Calculator will provide you with a host of data, perfect for drawing your own conclusions about how much energy you are using and/or wasting.
It calculates an operating cost alongside energy usage for equipment, gadgets and machinery giving you;
- KiloWatts consumption on an hourly basis
- Usage per hour
- Cost per watt
It also calculates the cost per day, week, month and year, as well as energy use over the same time periods too. It also gives you your own annual carbon emission total for the electricity you have consumed that year, handy if you want to reduce your carbon footprint.
As a free app, JuleBug is available for both Android and Apple. It turns the art of saving money into a game. Most users give it a five-star rating so worth another look.
JuleBug is aimed at making changes to every day energy consumption habits that are sustainable. In other words, it is about making the best use of every KiloWatt of energy you consume, whilst also attempting to reduce consumption.
As well as helpful links and videos, you’ll get badges and rewards for making strides in consuming less energy. Save money, it says, have fun and be a little kinder to the environment – are these things we should all be looking to do?
No one can live without their smartphone and/or their tablet, but these battery-powered devices need charging from time to time. In the main, modern smartphone batteries are incredibly efficient at charging and holding on to their power.
But when they do need charging, they can be a significant drain. The problem is when the battery is no longer as efficient – or so it seems.
Battery Doctor on Google Play and Apple store is the perfect app as it;
- Disables unnecessary apps that are draining your battery
- Gives you a ‘save power shortcut’ to kills tasks with one convenient tap
- Kills apps that still run even when your screen is off
- Give you both an accurate battery remaining time and charging time remaining
- You can schedule power saving modes for when you are sleeping, in class, at work etc.
The list goes on but the point is, it helps you to use your phone more efficiently, so you are no draining your battery that requires recharging more often than it should.
Not so much an app but a puzzle but it is included in the list because Balance, an app developed by the Norwegian electricity operator, Statnett, is a great way to understand the bigger picture behind our energy consumption.
There are all times when we are wasteful with energy in our homes but what we don’t do is really think about the cost of this, not just to our bank balance to the environment. Neither do we think about what goes into creating the energy that boils our water or heats our homes.
This free app is perfect. Constructed as a puzzle, it allows us to look at why saving energy is so important to understanding the bigger technical picture behind energy production and distribution – and our part in that.
Can apps really save you money? What do you think?
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