WegoWise's Top 5 Links for Green Smartphone Apps
Whether you want to be a more informed citizen, or just want to kill some time on a Friday before 5, WegoWise has got you covered! You've got apps for making faux-polaroids, apps for flinging birds, and apps for finding restaurants, but do you have any apps that are saving you energy? Here are a few apps for your smartphone that will help you green up your pocket-warmer. So peruse our best links, give us some feedback, and be sure to share some of the information you've learned with other interested parties at the parties you're hopefully attending this weekend. Brought to you by Catherine, Casey, Joanna, Sam and Adam.
1. Good Guide - A handy pocket-reference (it's a webpage too!) to help you make the most informed buying decisions. Compare products and services with others to find the best choice for you and the environment.
2. Ecorio - You can't track what you can't measure! Ecorio helps track your carbon footprint by running in the background, silently recording how you get around. Now you'll finally be able to settle those debates we know you're having with your friends!
3. greenMeter - We all love the "video game" aspect of driving in a hybrid and keeping track of your energy use/savings, but what if you don't have a fancy screen on your dashboard? Load up greenMeter and after answering a few questions about your vehicle, this app will keep a wealth of data at your fingertips. Track your efficiency, speed, acceleration, drag, and more! Data geeks rejoice!
4. iamgreen - Having data-tracking apps running in the background of your smartphone can drain the battery, but so can having your screen too bright or your settings in disarray. Available for Android and Blackberry phones, iamgreen will help you optimize your battery use to keep you charged.
5. Automate your home energy use with apps! Lots of manufacturers are releasing smartphone tie-in apps with new energy management hardware. Hue LED lights from Philips come with an app for automatic activation, dimming and even color control, and the now-famous Nest thermostat lets you program and control your heating and cooling with the swipe of a finger.