In this series, we have covered how it doesn’t have to cost the earth to go green – in fact, saving on energy is good for both the environment and a business’ bottom line.
Often however, this is easier said than done. Here’s a selection of tools and tech that aims to help users track their energy spend, make savings, reduce bills and go greener.
JouleBug was created with the aim of making sustainable energy use
“social, simple, and actually fun”. It enables employees to establish an online community, set challenges and gamify green practices. There are separate challenges for office energy, recycling, and greener commuting.
Energy Cost Calculator
Energy Cost Calculator does what it says on the tin – it calculates the usage and cost of energy per day, week, month and year based on consumption per hour. It has an easy to read interface that allows users to track their energy spend and make educated efforts to reduce bills and go greener.
Lotus Greens Carbon Calculator
This app lets users calculate their personal carbon footprint by taking into account electricity, gas, and type of commute among other things to provide a benchmark of where they stand against the rest of the world. It also provides tips on how they can improve going forward.
This app also enables users to monitor their energy usage more closely, in order to help them save money. The app can create graphs of peaks and troughs of energy usage to provide a visual overview. It also produces comparisons based on users’ usage to calculate whether they could save money by switching providers.
In conjunction with a set of Hive products, the Hive app can be used to control heating, lighting and hot and cold water. It enables users to set schedules and remotely control heating settings from an iPhone or Apple watch.
We all know we shouldn’t leave things on when they’re not in use, but many of us are guilty of leaving phones and devices plugged in even when they’re fully charged. Eco Charger is here to put a stop to that, and sends users notifications when the battery is charged, and even provides a breakdown of how the battery was used up in the first place.
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