Beat the Pump! The Top 5 Gas Saving Apps
Now that a gallon of gas costs more than a pint of beer, commuters around the world are scrambling to find innovative ways to lower the hefty price of their fill-up. Good news—we are in the future—and plenty of brilliant apps designed for smartphone technology have hit the market, and are saving commuters everywhere money they vitally need.
Here are our top 5 picks for the best gas saving apps:
1. GasHog ($.99 on the iPhone and iPad)
GasHog earns the number one spot, because it encourages good old fashioned conscious responsibility. The app tracks the fuel efficiency of your car, by tracking your statistics after every fill-up. In addition to articulating your fuel economy, the app also gives you tips for improving your mileage. What a pal!
2. Avego Driver (Free on the iPhone and iPad)
We rank this app number two, because despite its awesomeness, it is a bit rainbow-unicorn- utopia for realistic mass implantation and accessibility. While turning your personal car into a communal bus is an exciting prospect, the reality is a far –fetched, uncomfortable notion for most average drivers. The average American feels uncomfortable when a flower salesman gets too close to their locked vehicle; it is a great stretch to imagine Jo Shmo feeling liberal enough to open his Hyundai up to a group of vagabond strangers.
Avego’s platform is awesome nonetheless. The app offers the driver’s empty seats to riders looking for a ride along the same route, and then calculates the total shared cost of the ride between all passengers.
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3. Waze (Free on the iPhone and iPad)
This app is incredible because it not only ultimately lowers your gas bill, but it helps you avoid traffic! Talk about killing two annoying, obnoxious, oppressive birds with one stone. Users update traffic jams, police traps, and road hazards to the platform, which streamlines the data into a seamless, easy to use interface.
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4. Gas Buddy (Free on iPhone, iPad and Android)
GasBuddy is in the business of supporting cheap gas stations. Users update lists of current gas station prices, and with good incentive--users' updates earn them points towards awesome prizes. Ultimately users of the app can find the cheapest nearest gas station near them using the smartphone’s GPS technology.
5. Route4me (Monthly membership available on iPhone, Ipad and Android)
Route4me is all about optimization. The app streamlines your route while you travel to multiple—up to 200—destinations. The service boasts that their routes are ultimately 25-35% shorter after optimization. However the app will cost you! A basic personal membership costs 15 bucks a month, with a premium membership hitting the 100 dollar range. Ultimately the app is great for cab drivers, but probably not so fiscally desirable for the average driver--who drives to that many destinations?
Major move forward for UK’s nascent marine energy sector
Although the industry is small and the technologies are limited, marine-based energy systems look to be taking off as “the world’s most powerful tidal turbine” begins grid-connected power generation at the European Marine Energy Centre.
At around 74 metres long, the turbine single-handedly holds the potential to supply the annual electricity demand to approximately 2,000 homes within the UK and offset 2,200 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Orbital Marine Power, a privately held Scottish-based company, announced the turbine is set to operate for around 15 years in the waters surrounding Orkney, Scotland, where the 2-megawatt O2 turbine weighing around 680 metric tons will be linked to a local on-land electricity network via a subsea cable.
How optimistic is the outlook for the UK’s turbine bid?
Described as a “major milestone for O2” by CEO of Orbital Marine Power Andrew Scott, the turbine will also supply additional power to generate ‘green hydrogen’ through the use of a land-based electrolyser in the hopes it will demonstrate the “decarbonisation of wider energy requirements.”
“Our vision is that this project is the trigger to the harnessing of tidal stream resources around the world to play a role in tackling climate change whilst creating a new, low-carbon industrial sector,” says Scott in a statement.
The Scottish Government has awarded £3.4 million through the Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund to support the project’s construction, while public lenders also contributed to the financial requirements of the tidal turbine through the ethical investment platform Abundance Investment.
“The deployment of Orbital Marine Power’s O2, the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, is a proud moment for Scotland and a significant milestone in our journey to net zero,” says Michael Matheson, the Cabinet Secretary for Net-Zero, Energy and Transport for the Scottish Government.
“With our abundant natural resources, expertise and ambition, Scotland is ideally placed to harness the enormous global market for marine energy whilst helping deliver a net-zero economy.
“That’s why the Scottish Government has consistently supported the marine energy sector for over 10 years.”
However, Orbital Marine CEO Scott believes there’s potential to commercialise the technology being used in the project with the prospect of working towards more efficient and advanced marine energy projects in the future.
“We believe pioneering our vision in the UK can deliver on a broad spectrum of political initiatives across net-zero, levelling up and building back better at the same time as demonstrating global leadership in the area of low carbon innovation that is essential to creating a more sustainable future for the generations to come.”
The UK’s growing marine energy endeavours
This latest tidal turbine project isn’t a first for marine energy in the UK. The Port of London Authority permitted the River Thames to become a temporary home for trials into tidal energy technology and, more recently, a research project spanning the course of a year is set to focus on the potential tidal, wave, and floating wind technology holds for the future efficiency of renewable energy. The research is due to take place off of the Southwest coast of England on the Isles of Scilly