Get Green With Your iPhone

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You know that you can place calls, check email, and play DoodleBug on your iPhone, but did you know that your iPhone can also help you be more green?

We look at some of the apps you can install and use to become more eco-friendly and an all around greener person.


iGreen is a green news aggregator that hits major conservation sites and pulls the news articles together for you. According to the app description:

iGreen is an application that lets you keep up to date will all the latest Green Tech, Clean Tech, Solar, Hybrid and other Green news. We take all the information from all of your favorite sites and many more and put them on your iPhone for you! iGreen also takes full advantage of the iPhone’s Accelerometer so you can read your gossip in portrait, landscape, upright or even upside down! We’ll add more feeds as we go so make sure you keep us informed with more links!

iGreen sells for $0.99, and it is available on the AppStore.


shopgreen is an app that will let you, as they put it, save your pocketbook and then the environment. The ideal is that you can save money and take simple actions to reduce your carbon footprint. From the App description:

shopgreen REWARDS the user by calculating, logging and saving green actions taken to reduce the carbon footprint. Daily tips and great green suggestions help making the correct decisions easier. Carbon savings are tracked within the built-in Eco-Bank. Location aware specials and discounts are offered through participating green friendly companies. Increase the Eco-Bank balance to receive rewards in the form of coupons and specials.

shopgreen sells for $0.99, and is available on the AppStore.


MeterRead is an app that lets you track your home’s energy use for both energy conservation and direct money savings. By tracking your energy use you can learn habits to save its expenditure, helping yourself, the planet, and your bank account. From the App Details:

Studies show that motivated people who monitor their energy use generally save 10-20% on their electric bill. (The Effectiveness of Feedback on Energy Consumption, S.Darby)??The key is FEEDBACK and this app provides it. You can read your meter right now and then check it again 20 minutes, 20 hours or 20 days from now and you will see how much electricity you’re going to use in the the next 30 days at your current pace. MeterRead™ does the math for you and deciphers dial meters with ease.??Simply match the geared dials to your dial meter or match up your digital meter reading. It’s that easy!

The easy to use MeterRead app sells for $0.99, and you can find it on the AppStore.

Green Gas Saver

Green Gas Saver is an app that uses the iPhone’s built in accelerometers to teach you to save gas. At today’s price per gallon for gas, a little saved can add up to a lot of monetary savings quickly, so it might be worthwhile to give this free app a test run. From the app description:

The Green Gas Saver is a remarkable application that lets you monitor your fuel efficiency and warns you if you are driving too fast or turning too hard. Two on screen gauges display how a user accelerates and corners, as warning LEDS, and tones train a driver to eliminate bad habits.

Green Gas Saver for iPhone is free, and you can find it on the AppStore.

Carbon Footprint

Carbon Footprint for iphone is an app that lets you calculate your automobile’s carbon footprint by simply tracking information at fill ups. By entering a few pieces of information, you can track a number of statistics that can help you be more efficient in your driving. From the app description, statistics tracked and optionally charted include:

  1. Miles per gallon
  2. Dollars per gallon
  3. Dollars per mile
  4. Dollars per day
  5. Miles per day
  6. Gallons per day
  7. Projected Carbon Dioxide emissions per year
  8. Percent difference from average American CO2 emission (based on government statistic of an average of 500 gallons of gasoline per American per year)
  9. Total carbon emissions to date

Carbon Footprint sells for $0.99 and it can be found on the AppStore.

Green Outlet

Green Outlet lets you save some energy money and be a little kinder to the planet by examining the electrical appliances in your home. The total number of power using items in your home, even when not in active use, may surprise you. From the app description:

Green Outlet helps you identify which of your household appliances are costing you the most to run so you can make informed decisions about your electric use.??By selecting the types of appliances you use in your home and entering how many hours of use per day for each green outlet will predict what your electric bill will be for the month.

Green Outlet sells for $2.99, and you can find it on the AppStore.

Green Map

Do you sometimes feel alone in your Green crusade? Well, Green Map may help you with your planet saving efforts. By connecting together like minded people, Green Map can link you up with everything from local farmers to bike lanes and green buildings. Just a quick tap gives you green sites closest to you and connects you to over 7,500+ green maps worldwide. From the app description:

This App connects you with the Green Map movement. With over 600 locally-led projects in 55 countries, each Green Map provides a fresh perspective on local green living sites and the community’s natural, cultural and social resources. Every Green Map is a unique project, but all combine local knowledge and globally designed Green Map Icons to highlight important assets and issues.

Green Map is free in the lifestyle section, and you can find it on the AppStore.

By using these apps, you may find that it is easier than ever to go green and save not only valuable planetary resources, but some real money as well. And in today’s economy I think that is a strong reason to start on your green savings sooner than later. Who knows, when friends see how much you are doing, they just may get “green” with envy.

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