Lower energy bills? There's an app for that!


Some people prefer urban living, while others couldn’t be happier in the rural countryside. There are those who like the low-maintenance lifestyle of an apartment and those who thrive on the long project list that comes with traditional home ownership. Some enjoy the cooler climates of the north, and some think that hotter is better. Despite all these differences, though, what unites us all as a people with a place to call home is our desire to keep our energy usage, and therefore, energy bills at their lowest possible. Fortunately, we live in a time of ever-evolving technology, increasingly specialized smart phones, and apps that make the investment in said smart phones well worth it. There is a long list of apps out there that can help you track your energy usage, making it easier to see where you become more efficient and effectively save yourself money. We’ve chosen three of our favorites to highlight:


1) Energy Tracker: Just as the name implies, this app is used to track energy consumption by inputting your measurements at the frequency of your choice. You c an easily view the tracking in the app, or you can download a CSV file. It is available for Android, Windows, and iPhone/iPad and costs only .99¢.


2) Energy Cost Calculator: Again, this app is true to its name and will calculate the energy consumption and usage and operating cost of equipment. These measurements can be calculated per day, week, month, or year, and the app will even give you the amount of carbon emissions per year. This FREE app is available for Android, Windows, and iPhone/iPad.


3) Kill-Ur-Watts: Through a Green Button Connect, residential customers can track and manage electricity usage on an hourly, daily, or monthly basis. Graphs help you pinpoint peak usage, and tips help you learn how to lower it. You can even make a game of who can use the least by challenging your neighbors through Twitter integration. This app is available for Android, Windows, and iPhone/iPad, and it’s free, but you must be able to access your energy information from your energy provider through Green Button Connect.


There are so many useful app to help us live more efficiently and economically. If you really enjoy one that we have not listed here, please let us know what it is and what you love about it.