With an increasing interest in energy consumption and energy efficiency, more and more people use heat maps as their guide to supply and consumption in their region. Energy consumption trackers help all consumers monitor their personal energy use and here we look at some of the best apps for energy.
New apps – new opportunities for saving energy
The growth in the mobile technology market means that an increasing number of consumers are able to monitor the use of energy in their homes and in their area. From the use of an online electricity calculator, to a specific app for a mobile device, energy customers are able to reduce their carbon footprint and local authorities will be able to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to assess energy supply and demand and plan for the future.
HEAT (Heat Energy Assessment Technology)
This device is an app developed by the University of Calgary in a bid to help consumers save money and also provides an overall picture of the energy use in the whole area. The map uses Google maps as a tool and then allows communities to assess which parts of their area release the highest density of greenhouse gasses back into the environment. The project is still in its pilot stage but once released to the public it will provide an invaluable tool for all consumers.
Energy tracker apps
These apps can be used on all smartphones and are an efficient method of assessing how much energy appliances in the home consume. There are many different tracker apps offered by different firms and some may include additional features such as automatically generated comparisons which show you whether you’re improving over time.
There are also online energy trackers available that allow you to monitor your energy usage by logging into your account with your energy provider.
Ecobee Smart Thermostat
If a consumer really wants to understand the intricacies of domestic energy consumption, then this gadget will allow them to assess and measure the costs of heating and ventilation appliances. The information from the app can be downloaded onto a PC and the user can compile charts and graphs to monitor the results.
This device not only allows customers to monitor their energy costs but also suggests ways in which these costs can be reduced. Users will be able to plan future costs as a result of the data from this ingenious app.
Water, electricity and gas can all be monitored on this gadget. The detail of this app’s data will help anyone who is trying to reduce their domestic carbon footprint.