7 Great Apps to Help You Save Energy

by Andrew Meyer
July 8, 2015
Energy

Every thing we can do to reduce our carbon footprint goes a long way.

In fact, one of the largest components of our overall impact on the environment is our energy consumption. Despite what utility companies report on a monthly basis, do you know how much energy you’ve actually been using or spending money on? An easy way to find out is by checking out these seven helpful apps.

Wink

When we’re in a rush, we don’t always remember to turn off the lights and other appliances before heading out the door. With Wink, you can save yourself an extra trip by turning them off remotely, right through the app. Don’t find yourself fretting about an element left on after you’ve left for a weekend away! Using Wink, you can connect to various home devices like lights, thermostats, locks and numerous other smart products from leading energy-wise brands. Once every home device is synched with Wink, you can control them wirelessly for maximum efficiency.

Nest

Designed to be connected straight to Nest devices, like the Nest thermostat, smoke alarm and camera, users can see inside their home via the app and control things, like temperature settings, wirelessly. Once the app is synched with other Nest devices, users will no longer have to wonder about what’s going on at home when they’re not physically there—especially with devices like Nest Cam. Touted as an app to connect all your gadgets, this app has grown significantly since it first emerged as an app for thermostat control.

MyEarth

Originally designed by researchers and students at the University of Wisconsin, MyEarth is an app that allows you to track your energy usage and savings. Users can complete various activities through the app, becoming all the more informed about their total carbon impact through the process. With your total energy usage plotted out graphically, users can also identify areas for improvement by observing when they consume the most energy. With week over week reports, you’ll get a better idea of how your daily activities impact the world.

CodeGreen Energy

CodeGreen Energy allows users to compare the energy efficiencies of buildings in any designated area. This makes it a useful app when evaluating real estate investments or when you’re looking to purchase a new home. All you need to do is enter an address and CodeGreen will pull up all the energy consumption data of the building!

Ohmconnect

While you probably knew you could save on monthly utility costs by being more energy efficient, did you know that you could also earn money doing so? With Ohmconnect, users will actually get paid for reducing their energy consumption at specific times, collectively working together to prevent dirty and expensive energy from being distributed.

Chai Energy

Chai Energy allows users to see their real-time energy usage and the associated utilities cost to better understand their actual energy consumption and where their money is going. With built-in features like reminder notifications when energy usage is high and predicted utilities bill calculations, users can rely on Chai Energy to help them lower their spending, as well as their impact on the environment.

PlottWatt

Like Chai Energy, PlotWatt also lets users track their energy usage in real time. Along with this, the app also provides features like appliance monitoring to calculate just how much energy home appliances consume on the daily, as well as energy usage scheduling to help users reduce their consumption at the right times. Unlike other energy apps out there, PlotWatt is optimized to be for all sorts of users—from individuals to entire restaurants—more energy savings for all!