Best Free Environmental Apps
Even if you don’t have time to plant ten tree seedlings on a weekend or go on an ecotour, you can stay committed to good green living. Thanks to the digital apps boom, there are hundreds of environmental apps available out there for the global green citizen. Many of these are free and most are low cost software. At home, in the office, or on the road, you’ll find these free environmental apps helpful.
Not an iPhone User? Got you covered with our sister post: Free Environmental Apps For Android.
Iphone Environmental Apps
iTunes has a generous amount of free environmental apps to offer. From kids to yuppies to homebuilders, there’s an app or two to help and guide them to green choices.
Nature Near You A free environmental app developed with the Nature Conservancy to help amateur photographers find new areas to take pictures of the natural world around them. They can share their photos with other nature lovers as well as their friends and family. They can also explore a map where others have taken photos near their location. For more details see our post Nature Near You App.
Solar Panel Suitability Checker A rather new app as of 2012 that uses your GPS location to tell you if your selected location is viable for solar energy. It will produce an overlay telling you what positions are optimal for placement of solar panels, thus potentially earning you additional free energy. For more info see our post Solar Panel Efficiency App.
Skeptical Science If ever you’ve found yourself in a heated debate about climate change with a skeptic, having this iPhone app around might help by laying the facts down on the table. Skeptic Science is designed to offer several responses to dead end statements like “climate’s changed before”, “models are unreliable”, and “Antartica is gaining ice”. It tackles these statements under three categories: It’s Not Happening, It’s Not Us, and It’s Not Bad. What’s more, you can upload your own encounters and arguments.
Good Guide This app is your digital partner to green shopping. Good Guide features a database of 50,000 products with their environmental certifications, approvals, and other credentials. While one popular product might have a perfect score on health standards, it might have a low score on environmental standards due to production, questionable sources, etc. A fair trade alternative might be a better choice. This app is perfect for shoppers who don’t have time nor inclination to read every fine print on every label while shopping.
Carbon Track Calculate how much carbon is emitted from business activities on a daily basis through this app. Together with the result, environmental impacts can be seen as well as green tips for improved efficiency of energy use.
ECODE For the green builder, ECODE offers information on green building resources and guidelines as well as ready support from certified green contractors. The app includes a guide on green building acknowledged by National Association of Home Builders Research Center. It also has a Green Contractor Directory, Carbon Footprint Calculator, and Ecode Blog.
Light It Right Put an environmental app on your kids’ iPhones, too. Light It Right is an interactive, multi-level game that teaches children to use lights properly and save energy through wise choices (hint: your pet cat has great night vision).
One Stop Green Mobile Aside from lots of green tips on living, One Stop Green Mobile also features a solar, wind energy, water, and lighting calculator. You can also do an energy audit on your own home.
Pollution This app can give you real time air pollution data from 1,380 cities around the world. It has added 100000 databases worldwide and has an improved search address for convenience. A great free environmental app whether you’re at home or traveling across continents.
These apps can only take a person so far in successful green living. It all depends on the individual’s commitment to be part of the solution, and to stay true to the commitment of green living. In the end, no fancy platform or cascades of threatening facts can dictate our action: it all depends on our choice and decision. Let us know if you’ve downloaded any of these apps and if they’ve been helpful, or let us know if you found any others that fit the ‘green category’ in the comment section below.
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