10 of our favourite free energy efficiency apps
By Rachel England Friday 10 July 2015
Exercising, cooking, sleeping... there’s an app for everything nowadays, and energy saving apps are no exception. Check out these cool apps that help you make the most of your money while taking a load off the National Grid.
It was dear old Mary Poppins that said even the most laborious tasks can be fun if they’re turned into a game, and that’s exactly what this iPhone app does: it turns energy efficiency into an enjoyable challenge. The app organises energy-saving tips into achievements, allowing users to climb leaderboards and fill virtual trophy cases, all while helping them live more sustainably and save a tidy sum of cash in the process.
You might think leaving the lights on when you pop to the kitchen or leaving the TV on standby overnight isn’t that big a deal, but as this app shows, it all adds up! Available on iPhone, this app is essentially a very clever calculator, but it’ll help you determine exactly how much you’re unnecessarily spending on energy every day, week, month and year.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, UK motorists could save up to two months’ worth of fuel every year just by driving more efficiently. This handy app lets you gauge your fuel efficiency and the money you could save by using GPS to track your journeys and calculating savings based on average values for your car. A host of efficient-driving tips appear alongside, helping you to get into better motoring habits. Available for both Android and iPhone. For more fuel efficiency tips take a look at our guide.
Ever wondered how big your carbon footprint really is? This clever app, available for Android, breaks it down for you in straightforward chunks of info. Simply input your daily activities and voila – the app will tell you how big your footprint is, and provide some helpful hints on ways to bring that number down. You can even share your progress with friends and family on Facebook, for extra incentive!
Turning on the tap uses energy too, you know! Find out how much you’re using every time you hop in the shower or run the dishwasher with this handy iPhone app, which also gives you lots of hints and tips on bringing your water consumption down overall.
Forget pub trivia about historical bridges and Tudor kings, Green Quiz for Android brings you a wealth of far more pressing – and interesting – factoids. Test your environmental knowledge in quick and enjoyable question rounds, or test your friends – some of the answers may surprise you!
The energy used by appliances when they’re left in standby mode is called ‘vampire energy’, and rightly so, because it sucks the life out of your energy efficiency and your wallet. This Android app helps you understand just how much energy your phone charger, microwave, TV or other appliance is using when it's on standby, breaking it down into cost savings which could make a massive difference to your bill. Its default setting is for euros, so you’ll have to input your tariff charges first.
Cars are major environmental offenders, not to mention massive drains on the wallet. Do your bank balance and the climate a favour by investigating how car-pooling could work for you – this useful app will tell you how and help you find like-minded individuals that are keen to share a ride. Particularly handy for longer trips to festivals, or getting home around the holidays. Available on both Android and iPhone.
Simply input your meter readings and this handy iPhone app will bring up a wealth of interesting and useful information: usage, costs and savings are all presented in easy-to-read graphs, alongside details of energy providers in your area. They say knowledge is power, so once you know what numbers you’re dealing with you’re much better placed to start bringing them down!
Well we had to have this on the list, didn’t we? Our apps for both iPhone (and Apple Watch!) and Android allows our customers to view statements, submit meter readings and see how much energy they’re using – wherever they are. With great features for both Pay Monthly and PAYG customers, this app makes energy management a breeze!