What apps can I use to be more energy efficient?

Smartphones and tablets are a key part of everyday life for most people, so why not use them to help reduce your electricity and gas bills?

There are several apps available that could be just what you need to bring down your household expenses - and the best part is many of them are free to download!

These are just some ideas of the apps you can't do without if you're hoping for a more efficient future in your property.

The Energy Rating App

Knowing which products are the most efficient isn't always easy, but with this handy app you can eliminate some of the guesswork.

The Energy Rating App will help explain the star rating scheme and ensure you buy the appliance that is going to have less of an impact on your finances.

It gives you the opportunity to set your own power costs - or choose a default amount based on your location - before inputting the type of appliance you're hoping to buy.

The most efficient model appears at the top of the list and you can tap on any of the products to find out more. There's even the option to search by model or brand.

Creating a shortlist means you can return to the information at any time before making your final decision. Putting in the purchase price will give you a better idea of the cost of the product over its lifetime.

You can download the app to an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Android and Windows Phone.

Energy Calculator

Have you ever wondered how much energy you're using in your home but are unsure of how to get the facts and figures to hand?

Pierlite Technology has launched its Energy Calculator app, which can be used across a wide range of platforms.

It's designed to show operating costs for various products, enabling you to decide whether a particular appliance is right for you - or if there's a comparable version available.

Smarter Choice App

The New South Wales state government announced just a matter of days ago that it was lending consumers a hand with buying appliances through its new Smarter Choice App.

It's able to calculate which products provide value for money over the course of their lifetime, helping to better inform people's purchasing decisions.

"Progressing from a 400 litre, 2-star fridge to a 6-star model could save a consumer $760 on running costs over its life time and reduce unnecessary electricity demand," said Environment Minister Rob Stokes.

Posted by Richard West