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Today you can get a computer application for just about anything. Below are 3 “Green” recommended applications by Consumer Reports, to help people live a more sustainable life and, in most cases, save money.
The Green Gas Saver
The App: The Green Gas Saver
With gas prices fluctuating between $3 to $4 a gallon, one way you can save money this summer is to maximize your fuel efficiency. The Green Gas Saver is a nifty application that warns you when you drive too fast, or whether you are taking a corner too quickly, hence wasting gas. The app “trains” the driver to take those little steps while driving that can make a big difference in your wallet.
The App: iRecycle
Every office has this problem. Where on earth do you recycle used batteries, aerosol cans, and inkjet cartridges? With Earth911’s iRecycle app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device, you can find recycling locations and programs for more than 240 materials—electronics, automobiles, and metal are just a few of the categories—searching by your current location, a ZIP code, an address, or a city name. The app provides websites, phone numbers, directions, hours of operation, and more. You also get daily news and tips from the organization.
The App: GoodGuide
GoodGuide is a website/application run by scientists and tech experts that rates over 100,000 products—food, clothing, household products, electronics, and more—on how “healthy, green, and socially responsible” they are. With the GoodGuide mobile app, you’ll have free access to these ratings as you shop. It lets you check on specific products by search or by scanning barcodes, look for the top-rated products in a given category, and keep a personal list of products.
by Pat Byington, editor of The Green Register