Reduce Energy UsageGotta love technology, right? But with so many apps on the market, it can be tough to determine which ones are reliable and which ones will just take up precious space on your mobile phone. We found a handful of apps that specifically help you calculate, track and reduce energy usage at your home or at the office.

8 Smartphone Apps that Help Reduce Energy Usage

1. Energy Consumption Analyzer (Free, Google Play Store)

Keep track of your energy consumption by simply adding meter readings for gas, electricity and water to the database.  Note special circumstances through a color code and comment section. The app will also calculate your average rate of consumption per hour, day, week or month. It will also display a graph showing your consumption rate over time.

2. Energy Cost Calculator (Free, Apple iTunes store)

Determine operating costs and energy usage. Enter the consumption per hour (in Watts), the number of hours used and the cost per watt to calculate the energy usage per day, week, month and year needed to use that equipment. It will also estimate the cost for those time periods.

3. CodeGreen Energy (Free, Apple iTunes store and the Google Play store)

Looking to purchase a new home in New Jersey or searching for ways to improve your existing place? This app lets you compare the energy efficiency of thousands of buildings. Then you can determine whether your building is compliant with new energy efficiency laws. Just type in your address and the app will show your Energy Star score.

4. Nest Mobile (Nest products can be purchased on their website, their app is free on iTunesand Google Play stores)

Control this smart thermostat system right from your mobile device. You can program the thermostat to adjust to your daily schedule and changing weather conditions as well as analyze your home’s energy usage in real-time. Their coolest feature is that this system learns from your preferences. It will automatically change the heat and AC settings to suit your comfort needs.

5. Ecobee Smart Thermostat (The Ecobee thermostat can be purchased on their website, their app is free on iTunes and Google Play stores)

The Ecobee is another smart thermostat that allows you to conveniently control temperatures remotely as well as analyze and reduce energy usage in the home. It can even integrate with other home automation devices like Wink, Samsung SmartThings and Apple HomeKit, for a full automation set up.

6. Total Connect Comfort by Honeywell (The Honeywell thermostat can be purchased on their website, their app is free on iTunes and Google Play stores)

A great option for businesses, the Honeywell smart thermostat system app allows you to control a thermostat from anywhere. You can also manage multiple thermostats at once. Set convenient alert emails such as when the humidity or temperature gets too high or too low.

7. EnergyHub Thermostat (Free, Apple iTunes store and the Google Play store)

Manage your home’s comfort and energy savings from anywhere. The EnergyHub Thermostat app supports Carrier ComfortChoice ZigBee thermostats.

8. Control4 (The Control4 products can be purchased on their website, their app is free on iTunes and Google Play stores)

From your thermostat and your lights to your locks and your security system, you can control pretty much everything in your home. All right from your smartphone with the Control4 app.

Reduce Energy Usage and Save Big

Ultimately, these apps will help you conserve and cut your energy bill.  For example, do you know that with a properly programmed smart thermostat, you could save an average of $180 each year?

Go ahead and open your app store, you’re about to save big.