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DIY Friday: Mobile Energy Management

Let’s face it.  The majority of our population has a smart device, whether it’s a phone, a tablet, or that outlandish wearable technology.  (What’s up with those things, anyway?)  Our culture has become so infatuated with the idea of being connected even when we’re miles away from the nearest living creature.  Most of us waste time texting, emailing, and browsing the internet (yes, I’m guilty), but let’s put those mobile contraptions to good use!  We paid a pretty penny for them, so we should be investing in the kind of apps that will save us money, right?  And of course, energy!

Below you find three helpful apps that will put you in control of your energy consumption even when you’re away.  After all, isn’t that the whole point of going mobile?

Kill-Ur-Watts

KeyLogic Systems made this app in 2012 for the Department of Energy’s “Apps for Energy” challenge.  It allows you to monitor your monthly, daily, and even hourly electric usage and get tips on how to reduce.  You can also view your energy score and carbon footprint compared to the national average.

Nest

This has become an incredibly popular energy-saving app, but keep in mind, an actual Nest thermostat is also required.  This app will give you the power to control your thermostat from just about anywhere.  You want the furnace to go off when you leave for work and come back on an hour before you arrive home?  Piece of cake!  Nest is also a learning type of technology, so it will catch on to your daily habits and routines, transporting you into the next century.

Green Outlet

In order to be smart with your electric consumption, you first need to know how your appliances are performing.  Green Outlet allows you to recognize which appliances are burning a hole in your pocket, and help you adjust your usage.  Just entering some information about your appliances and predicting its usage will give you an idea of what to expect on your monthly bill.  As an added bonus, you can also measure your carbon footprint and receive an alert if you exceed the “Recommended Carbon Usage” based on U.S. Government Guidelines.

If you’ve never thought about lowering your monthly utility bills, you’re in the minority.  But if saving money on energy has been on your mind since you opened your last electric bill, give these three apps a try.  You can download them all or just take a spin with one of them.  Either way, you’ll be on the path to energy savings and an ultimate victory dance.

From everyone at YourEnergyBlog, enjoy your savings (and your weekend)!

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