6 Awesome Eco Apps to Make 2016 Your Greenest Yet

January 7, 2016

11:00 am

In this article, we shall be taking a look at the top Green apps across an array of applications. In addition to helping you live on the greener side of life, some of these apps might also help you save some money.

GiveO2

This is an app that really stands out in the multitude of carbon footprint trackers out there. GiveO2 is an app available for both Android and iOS, which allows people to offset their carbon footprint automatically. The application works with the phone’s GPS and so, you do not have to worry about typing in the miles manually.  Despite the fact that this app takes advantage of your 3G connection and GPS capability, it does not take a toll on your battery life. This app shows that despite what most people say, you can make a difference in climate, regardless of how small it may be.

Interestingly, you’re able to grab discounts and rewards at participating retailers for reducing your footprint or even choose from a multitude of sustainable projects across the globe to offset transportation-related emissions.

greenMeter

GreenMeter is arguably the most innovative app on the iOS platform as it uses the gadget’s accelerometer to rate your driving style’s efficiency. Basically, the aim of the app is to inspire you to become a ‘hypermiler’, similar to what the Honda’s latest hybrid speedometer does. The application tells you if you are accelerating too fast or braking during the last minute. This app not only computes your driving technique efficiency but also gives you real-time results of your vehicle’s power, fuel usage characteristics and ultimately helps you lower your environmental impact.

While this app is not the best, as it needs an iPhone car mount to use it correctly, costs a tad high, and there is no effort for regionalizing it so far, it’s a  great app overall.

#climate

#climate is an iPhone application that lets you discover and even share actions to your friends on social media that you can take against climate change.

This application collects and gathers the most effective climate change efforts from certain organizations, therefore making it easy for the user to find the best actions and relay them to the world. Ideally, it gives the user stats to gauge their own personal impact. With #climate, you can be able to create a profile that specifies the topics you are most interested in and so, you will see suggested actions that are personalized for you.

Carma Carpooling

Published by Avego, Carma Carpooling is the top carpooling verification app in the United States and several other countries it the world. It is basically a mobile application that makes it easier to connect with neighbors who are looking for a ride. This helps you save money, reduce urban gridlock and most importantly reduce carbon emissions. The app is available on both iOS and Android platforms.

SolarChecker

There are plenty of incentives for green home improvements such as solar panels or ground and water source heat pump systems and this app allows you to see what’s available. SolarChecker will perform a number of checks, including measuring the levels of solar radiation near your home and will tell you whether particular improvements are likely to be efficient. So, if you’ve been thinking about getting solar panels it could be a good idea to download it.

Ecoviate

This is an app made to spread social sustainability through a news feed of environmentally friendly activities. The app gives you tips and products as well, that will help you conserve water, save energy and help reduce your overall impact on the environment in several other ways. Interestingly, this free app gives you Eco-points, discounts, and rewards for living more eco-friendly.

Apart from tips and suggestions for living more eco-friendly, the app also shows you a news feed from other community members, has a leader board among friends and this encourages people to live more eco-friendly. Also, the guys who created it plant a tree for every download. The app is available for free on both Android and iOS platforms.

All of these apps can help you have a greener and more environmentally friendly 2016 – so why not take a look and download some of them.

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