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5 of our favourite energy efficiency apps

Posted on 16 March 2016

Do you sometimes think you spend too much time on your smartphone? Are you one of the people guilty of spending over 5 hours a day glued to that tiny screen in your pocket? If you are, why not put it to good use and use it to help you save energy?

There are a whole host of different apps you can download to your smartphone which can all help you become more energy efficient, reduce your carbon footprint and save money. Here are a few of our favourites.

1) Meter Readings

iPhone & iPad: £0.99

 meter readings

Meter Readings does exactly what the name implies – it lets you monitor your household meters. In fact, you can use it to track up to nine separate household meters, such as electricity, water and gas. All you do is enter your meter readings into the app, and it plots graphs tracking your usage over time, helping you see if you’re using more or less.

Available in the App Store

2) JouleBug

Phones & Tablets: Free

 joulebug

JouleBug makes saving energy fun by turning it into a game. The app lists various actions and tips you can follow, such as walking to the shops instead of driving. You earn achievements for completing different tasks and compete against your friends to see who can reach the highest score. There’s nothing like a bit of friendly competition to encourage everyone to start saving energy!

Available in the App Store and Google Play

3) Energy Cost Calculator

iPhone & iPad: Free

 energy cost calculator

Ever wondered how much energy you’re wasting when you leave the lights switched on all day? Well, not anymore. Energy Cost Calculator can help you get your energy consumption under control by working out how much you’re spending on energy each day, week, month and year.

Available in the App Store

4) Battery Doctor

Phones & Tablets: Free

 battery doctor

If you find yourself constantly having to charge your smartphone’s battery, Battery Doctor could help. The free app allows you to monitor the charge on your smartphone and track which apps and processes are draining your battery life. You can easily manage your phone settings, such as Wi-Fi, data and brightness all from within the app, and even set up profiles to automatically switch to low power or airplane mode at certain times of the day.

Available in the App Store and Google Play

5)   FuelGood

Phones & Tablets: Free

 fuelgood

FuelGood was developed by Energy Saving Trust and can help you save money by encouraging you to think about how you drive. The app uses GPS to track your journeys and gives you handy tips on how you can drive more efficiently. The Energy Saving Trust estimates that the average UK motorist could save up to two months’ worth of fuel each year by driving more efficiently.

Available in the App Store and Google Play

Let us know what your favourite energy efficiency apps are, or check out our 10 easy ways to reduce your energy bill for more ways you can cut back and save money.

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