Green is the new activist

iphone-greenEveryone wants to be down with the green these days. Yesterday I gave you the scoop on websites that can help you go green. Today I’m sharing iPhone apps that can help you go green. No I didn’t make this list myself. I’m totally ripping it off from the homies at The Apple Blog.

  • Go Green (free)
    Displays a tip each time you launch it. That’s it. I came across a useful tip or two that I hadn’t considered before.
  • Green Tips (free)
    Displays a tip at launch. Hit the refresh button for more tips (though there are not many to cycle through). Email them off if you find them to be especially helpful — I didn’t.
  • The Green Lemur (free)
    By far the most full-featured of these three. Search, add tips to favorites, or browse by category. I did find some interesting ideas here as well.
  • MeterRead ($2.99)
    Somewhat manual in usage (but then, no one said saving the planet would be easy!), use MeterRead to log your electric meter’s reading. You can log your readings and use them to predict your electrical consumption, and thus, your upcoming bill. Try to be more efficient, and maybe the next time you check the meter, your readings will hit below the projected usage. (More info on their site.)
  • greenMeter ($5.99)
    My favorite of the bunch. Uses the accelerometer to determine the drag and resistance of your car/driving habits in real time. There are several usage meters to monitor, though real-time MPG has been my favorite. Really helps tune your driving for better efficiencies and fewer pointless emissions. (More info on their site.)
  • shopgreen (free)
    By title, this doesn’t sound like it fits here, but it does. To use the app, just answer some questions about how you maintain your life. Answers that are good for the environment are tallied (like air-drying your clothes, or changing the furnace air filter), and the amount of CO2 you’ve saved is calculated. As a bonus, the CO2 savings gets you discounts at local, participating retailers for your efforts.
  • 3rdWhale (free)
    Much like other location-aware shopping apps (and dare I say, Google Maps?) 3rdWhale finds you businesses nearby (select walking, biking, or driving distances). So what makes it green? The resulting businesses are supposedly eco-friendly, allowing you to patronize those taking care of the world around us.
  • Yowza! (free)
    Not yet out, Yowza! presents one of the more interesting ideas of the bunch. Also location aware, it brings up coupons for retailers nearby. So not only could it save you some cash, but it’s claim is that you can use the digital coupon right on your phone’s screen, rather than printing more paper that will just get tossed out.
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