By Ian Andrew |
Some people find it impossible to spend more than a few minutes away from their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, so what better way to go green than by downloading some eco friendly apps and keep the environment on your mind when you’re on the go. The following are 6 iOS Apps available in the App Store that will help you live a greener lifestyle.
6. CFL Light Bulb Savings Calculator
If you’re still using incandescent bulbs at home and haven’t been able to bring yourself to making the switch to CFLs, this app may change your mind. The CFL Light Bulb Savings Calculator app does just what its name suggests – it shows how much money you’ll save annually by switching to energy efficient bulbs. To see the results, just enter your location, the number of light bulbs you’re looking to replace, and the wattage of the bulbs you’ll be replacing.
It may not be the type of app you turn to every day, but it’s definitely a great tool to promote living greener.
Check out the CFL Light Bulb Savings Calculator in the App Store – $1.99
5. Green Genie
The Green Genie app is full of tips that can help you live a greener lifestyle. For the days when you don’t have time to check Greener Ideal before you head to work, the Green Genie app can help to fill the void, and provide sustainable tips to go green.
The Green Genie also features a glossary of green terms, a list of green organizations, links to carbon calculators, green product reviews, and much more. For only $0.99, the Green Genie is definitely an app worth checking out.
Check out the Green Genie app in the App Store – $0.99
4. Meter Readings
If you’re trying to keep track of your household energy and water usage by watching your meters, this app is going to make your life a lot easier. When you enter the information from your meter into this app, it automatically calculates your usage, costs, and savings, taking the guesswork out of your monthly energy and water bills.
If you own more than one property, the Meter Readings can be even more useful, to always keep track of where each of your property’s usage is at. And it even works with solar and wind generation meters!
Check out the Meter Readings App at the App Store – $1.99
3. iGarden USA – Gardening Helper
What better way to go green than to plant your own fruit and veggies and start a garden at home. If you’re an amateur gardener just starting out, or a seasoned veteran, the iGarden USA – Gardening Helper app provides great information on the spot to let you know the best time to plant your fruits, herbs, and veggies.
Features include recommended planting times, seed look-up, pests and remedies for your plantings, as well as a ‘Garden Manager’ where you can keep track of everything you have planted.
Check out the iGarden USA – Gardening Helper app in the App Store – $4.99.
iRecycle is a fantastic app that has undoubtedly helped divert huge amounts of recyclable materials from the landfill. The app has a catalogue of more than 800,000 recycling depots, to help you get rid of those hard-to-recycle materials like electronics, paint, motor oil, and plastics.
To use the app, you simply enter the item you’re looking to get rid of and your location, and iRecycle provides you with contact information for the nearest recycling depots, and directions for how to get there. If you’re using iRecycle, you will no longer have any excuse to throw away recyclable materials in the trash.
Check out iRecycle in the App Store – it’s FREE, so you have no reason not to.
1. Our Choice
The Our Choice app is the interactive version of Al Gore’s best-selling book. The book / app features beautiful high quality photography, narration from former Vice President Gore himself, and over an hour of documentary footage. And all of this is in addition to the already great content in Our Choice, which looks at the causes of global warming, and what we can do to stop any more devastating climate change from taking place.
Find out more about the Our Choice iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch app, or buy Our Choice at the App Store – $4.99, but all of Al Gore’s proceeds from the app are being donated to the Alliance for Climate Protection.