There’s plenty to look forward to in winter. Movie nights in, warming up with a hot chocolate, winter fashion, ice skating and the list goes on!
The one thing no one wants to spend time on though is monitoring energy usage to avoid winter bill shock. Good thing then that we have handy little devices to turn to for energy saving help.
Save time, money, and some sanity with these smartphone apps.
Department of Environment and Energy apps
Looking to bring energy bills down over these chilly months? It’s best to turn to the experts. The Australian Department of Environment and Energy have created two helpful apps designed to help you save both money and the environment.
- The Energy Rating Calculator compares various appliances to find you the most efficient model. Although one fridge might have a lower sticker price, it may end up costing much more in the long-run due to high electricity usage. Make the smart and informed choice when shopping with this app.
- Light Bulb Saver is another beneficial app that could lower your power bills. Lighting accounts for a significant portion of electricity spend, and with new bulb technology available, there are more ways than ever to save. This app shows you the best options for each room in your home and how much money you could save by switching bulbs.
Smart home apps – Alexa, Google Home, Home by Apple
It seems like every sci-fi movie featured some version of a “smart home” with voice-controlled systems to operate everything from light switches to door locks. The future is here, and home automation is no longer a thing of fiction or luxury.
Transform your home with products like Z-wave or HomeKit, you can automate all the technology in your home and control it with a range of apps. No more worrying about whether you left the lights on after leaving the house.
Sync your home with one of the many trusty apps like Amazon’s “Alexa” or Apple’s ”Home”, and you could have complete control over it all!
Reduce Your Juice
It can be difficult to get your kids and teenagers to understand the importance of energy efficiency (if only you could make them pay the bills!).
Talk to them in their language with Reduce Your Juice – a gaming app created by CitySmart, a government agency in Brisbane, to teach young people how to “fight against high energy bills”. This free app uses clever games and entertainment to engage users and try to change their behaviour.
While winter can be great, escaping the chill for a tick is often high on the list of priorities. And while heading off on a holiday is exciting, it can get exhausting planning every detail. Google Trips is a lifesaver for any traveller and can save precious energy, so you enjoy every moment of your trip.
The app gathers all your reservations and confirmation numbers from your inbox, suggests destinations and activities, and maps everything out in one place. Best of all, the entire app can be used offline – a saviour when travelling internationally.
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