Nov 3, 2015

6 smartphone apps to maximize energy efficiency

Green Tech
Admin
3 min
In today’s age of smartphones and tablets, monitoring your energy usage and carbon footprint is easier than ever. From tracking energy consumpt...

In today’s age of smartphones and tablets, monitoring your energy usage and carbon footprint is easier than ever. From tracking energy consumption and efficiency to discovering new ways of saving on your electricity bill, new apps aimed at energy efficiency continue to make living a greener lifestyle easier.

We examine six innovative apps that have the power to help you stop wasting energy and start tracking your personal impact on the environment, including possibly making some money in the process.

Wiser Home

Available for iOS, Android

The Wiser™ Energy Management System (EMS) is a comprehensive demand management solution for utilities and consumers, which allows homeowners the ability to reduce or shift energy use during peak times. The app allows users to keep track of factors such as solar power, termostats and overall energy usage while also monitoring your budget.

Green Outlet

Available for iOS

Thanks to the Green Outlet app, you can find out how much you’re paying for kilowatt/hour of electricity. The app can also help you predict your electric bill each month as it identifies what each of your household appliances cost you.

CarbonDiem

Available for Androil, Blackberry

Looking to track and cut down on your own personal carbon footprint? CarbonDiem can help. This innovative apps allows users to quantify the impact of their travel choices. It has the ability to automatically detect means of transportation, whether by car, train, air or by foot, and calculate emissions of the vehicle you’re traveling in.

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The only drawback, however, is the app is currently only available in Europe.

Energy Tracker (iOS)

Available for iOS

Energy Tracker for iOS is a simple yet powerful app that allows users to view their energy consumption habits based on gas, water and electricity. The app takes measurements on a daily basis to allow users to see trends and statistics about their consumption, providing crucial insight into future costs.'

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With a price tag of $0.99, Energy Tracker is an affordable investment every consumer should buy.    

CodeGreen Energy

Available for iOS, Android

Unlike the other apps, CodeGreen Energy is designed to enable real estate professionals, building owners, tenants and brokers to view and analyze Energy Star® scores of thousands of buildings right from your phone. In addition, the app also provides ways you can improve your score as well as ensuring your building is in compliance with local and national standards for energy laws.

JouleBug

Available for iOS, Android

Looking to make your everyday habits at home, work and play more sustainable? JouleBug is your answer. The app turns sustainability into a game by organizing sustainability tips into Pins, which can be earned by doing simple actions in real-life, allowing you and friends to compete against each other to see who’s the greenest of them all. 

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

schools
energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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