The subject of being eco-friendly is one I’m sure we’re all fully aware about; we all know that we should recycle, that we shouldn’t leave the TV on standby overnight and that we should try to use energy-saving light bulbs. But knowing where to start in order to make a notable difference (as well as always remembering to carry out such tasks) is always easier said than done.
But, believe it or not, this is where your cellphone may just come in handy.
As well as storing all of your contacts, sending SMS’ and capturing all of your precious memories, with the help of apps, your smartphone can also help you to become more eco-friendly – something to consider next time you check out T-Mobile cell phone features.
How? Well, from showing you how to act more green, to highlighting who else cares about the environment, here are 5 top green-tech apps to help you on your quest.
1. Green Genie ($0.99)
The first step to becoming more eco-friendly is knowing exactly where to start. The Green Genie app suggests over one hundred tasks for you to try in order to get off to a good start. As well as just including projects you can carry out at home, it also suggests ones that you can adopt in your workplace in order to try and influence your work colleagues.
The app also includes a handy plastics directory to help you understand what that embossed number means underneath your yoghurt pot, and whether or not it can be recycled.
For those who want to find even more about how they can contribute positively to our environment, the app also features further information on sustainability, a dictionary of vital green terms, as well as a list of important green organization websites for you to explore.
2. Green Outlet ($2.99)
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that being green can also help you to save money. Take leaving your appliances on standby for instance; not only are you wracking up a huge electric bill, but you’re also increasing your carbon footprint as you go.
By selecting your most used appliances around the home, Green Outlet works by estimating your electric bill and carbon footprint in one go, so you can see what damage your doing, financially and environmentally.
What’s great about the app is that if a particular appliance exceeds the U.S. Government’s suggested carbon limits, the app will notify you so you can make changes.
3. Get Green ($0.99)
We all know that keeping your doors shut in a bid to conserve heat inside the home is much easier to do in the summer than in the winter – you simply can’t carry out all green tasks all year round.
That’s why Get Green offers tips specific to each individual season to ensure you can stick to carrying them out when the weather’s right. After all, who wants to work on composting in the garden when it’s sub-temperatures outside?
4. GoodGuide (Free)
As well as being eco-friendly in terms of appliances, you can also extend being green into your consumption.
When you’re out grocery shopping, simply scan in a products bar code and GoodGuide will check to see the item’s environmental impact before you purchase it.
With a database of more than 70,000 products, you’re certain to get a good overall picture of how your favorite and frequent household purchases fair in the environmental-standard stakes.
5. Find Green (Free)
Being green is big business, and there are an increasing number of businesses striving to become more sustainable because of this.
Available on Android, The Find Green app is a handy little app that allows you to find the nearest eco-friendly businesses relative to your location. With over 100,000 listings, the app allows you to find everything from green businesses and retailers, farmers markets, and even local recycling centers around your area, so you can invest in businesses who believe that going green is key.