Free Green Apps For Your IPhone
Looking after the environment is easier now than ever. There are literally hundreds of apps to help you with just about every aspect of sustainability. From helping you measure your energy usage, to telling you what eco-friendly products to buy. Here are some of the best free green apps you can install on your iPhone.
Maximise Your Solar Usage
If you want to make use of solar power, it very much matters where you install your panels. The Solar Panel Suitability Checker will use your GPS to let you know whether or not a location is optimal for solar power, as well as which position is most ideal for capturing the energy of the sun’s rays.
Find Eco-Friendly Businesses
The inBloom App helps you find organic, environmental, and sustainable businesses near your current location so that you can make green buying decisions. With inBloom you just press the button to ‘See Goodness Nearby’, and receive a list of available green businesses in the vicinity, complete with ratings, maps, and more.
Be an Eco-Activist
An app that has been gaining critical acclaim is Buycott, an app that allows you to align yourself with causes you feel strongly about, and then helps you tailor your shopping trips to either support or avoid products depending on the extensive data collected about companies and parent companies behind it.
Track Your Carbon Usage
CarbonTrack allows you and your business to get an idea of the carbon emissions that are a by-product of your key daily business activities, like travel, electricity usage and waste, as well as their associated environmental effects. This app calculates the potential electricity savings from switching off different types of office equipment, compares the CO2 emissions of different types of transport, and measures the environmental impact of different types of business waste.
Connect to the Smart Grid
A smart grid is a developed grid system that manages electricity demand in a sustainable, dependable and economical way, by utilising information gathering technology. SmartGrid is an EirGrid application that allows users to browse and view key energy-related data in an easy and intuitive format. The app lets you control and manage your energy consumption from your smartphone, make energy efficiency easier than ever. You can receive data on the carbon emissions of your appliances, as well as their energy usage.
Save the Dolphins
Seafood Watch helps you choose ocean-friendly seafood, including sushi, whether at your favourite restaurants, or at the store. You receive not only recommendations for seafood, but also complete information about how each item should be fished or farmed. The Project FishMap feature lets you the user contribute to the app’s database by adding the names of restaurants and stores where you’ve found sustainable seafood, and look into what other users have to say about stores and businesses near you.
In just a few years apps have become an integral part of our lives, and our reliance on them will probably only increase. So if we can get into the habit of using green apps that help us minimise our negative impact on the environment, and maximise our positive impact, then we’ll start seeing the change the planet needs.
Queenie Bates is an avid writer and researcher, with a particular interest in the area of sustainability. She tries to stay up to date by researching energy videos and whitepapers, and anything else interesting she can find on the Internet.
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