Eight of the best free energy saving ideas and apps

There are a lot of energy saving devices and products out there. But there’s nothing more convenient than having control at your fingertips. That’s why apps are so useful. There’s an app for pretty much everything – but how many apps on your phone are teaching you how to save electricity and cut your energy bills? We’ve found eight smart apps that will help you to save energy when you’re at home, travelling and even on holiday.

1. EDF Energy Mobile

If you’re an EDF Energy customer, download the EDF Energy app today to get more control over your bills, your energy use and your account. The app offers you an on-the-go and convenient way to see your bills and change your information and preferences. It makes staying in control of your energy and your money easy. It’s available in the App Store and the Play Store.

2. JouleBug

If you want to make saving energy fun and less of a chore, this app is for you. JouleBug helps you build green habits and rewards you when you do good. The more green choices you make, the more badges you earn, and you can share your achievements on Facebook to encourage others to do the same. You can also interact with the green community on JouleBug, share stories and get inspiration. Available in the App Store and Play Store.

3. Bla Bla Car

Car sharing or carpooling is big news as people try to reduce carbon emissions. Sharing lifts is often much cheaper and less stressful than commuting, and more fun. With Bla Bla Car, you can book a cheap lift to wherever you need to go in the exact same way as you’d book a train or coach. Bla Bla Car is free and available in the App Store and Play Store.

4. Faxi

Faxi is another great app that makes it simple to share rides to work or to set up a carpool for events such as a wedding or a big sports match. You can download it now for free from both the App Store and Play Store.

5. Green Quiz

How’s your knowledge on green energy and resources? Pretty good? Put it to the test, or just learn more about green living with this app for Android. Green Quiz tests you on your eco knowledge then gives you a score and energy saving ideas and advice on how to be more eco friendly.

6. Energy Cost Calculator

If you are looking for ways to save energy, but have appliances that you can’t live without, look no further than the Energy Cost Calculator app. This tells iOS users how much an appliance costs to run over a period of time and allows you to see how much you could save if you used it less. You enter the wattage or kWh of the appliance and how much time you use the appliance for. The app then calculates how much that particular appliance will cost you per week, month or even year on average. It’s not 100% accurate, as it doesn’t know your tariff information, but it gives you an idea.

7. Energy Consumption Analyzer

A great alternative for Android users is the Energy Consumption Analyzer. This app offers a way to monitor your home energy consumption by entering meter readings and getting a graph displaying your progress in kWh. You can also see your progress in pounds and pence.

Smart meters also offer you this same information, but because they know your tariff, you get a very accurate and up-to-date figure of what all your appliances are costing you.

8. HeatSmart®

With EDF Energy HeatSmart®, you can use the Netatmo energy app to control your heating with your phone or voice. You can change the temperature room to room from your sofa or from anywhere in the world. The app offers a calendar view so you can set the temperatures to suit your lifestyle. HeatSmart® has everything you need for a smarter home, and to save energy.


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