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Environmentally friendly and energy efficient homes have grown in popularity. Not only can having a ‘green’ home help improve the environment, but it is also having a positive impact on people’s wallets.

See how you can bring energy efficiency to your fingertips with these apps.

Energy rating 

Appliances can cost you a significant amount of money over the years just in running costs. Wouldn’t you like to know how much it will cost to run your air conditioner, fridge, TV, dishwasher and more before you buy it? Now you can. The Energy Rating app allows you to search through different models with the different energy ratings to see what it will cost you to own over a number of years. 

You are able to compare running costs with a number of different models. You can add the models you like to a shortlist to make it easier to compare and it also gives you the website of the product if you would like more information. Get the app here.

Eco easy home

This app is an easy way to rate your home’s energy and eco efficiency. It is a great way to help choose a new home or help improve the home you already live in. Some features include: house orientation, which will determine how much ‘solar gain’ potential your property has for natural heating, sort and order, which allows you to sort your priorities in the order you like, take photos with compass reading, easy questions and answers, info screens, rate and compare homes and create a home score report which shows you how efficient a property is. 

Calculating how eco friendly a property can help you find a property that is more efficient to run or help improve costs for the property you already live in. Get the app here

Water Timer

Water Timer is a free app that helps you measure how long you are in the shower for or the time it takes to water the lawn. It then calculates how much water you have used and how much it will cost you. You can also save these calculations to keep as a reminder for the future. 

This app also allows you to change flow rates so that if you were looking to buy a more water efficient shower head and/or hose, you could see what the possible savings would be if you switched. Get the app here

EcoChallenge

Make green living fun by participating in the EcoChallenge. Although this app doesn’t just focus on things in your home, it is a fun and creative way to get you thinking about how you can improve your home to make it more environmentally friendly. Some of the challenges include going food shopping and don’t bring home any plastic bags and if you do, you need to reuse it at least three times. If you complete these challenges, you can share it on social media. It’s a great way to get your whole family involved. Get the app here.