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Five Apps to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

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Whether you’re looking to go green to protect the environment or to cut down on your utility and transportation costs, there are plenty of ways apps can help out. A lot of the challenge of going green is figuring out just what you can do in your daily life, without adding to the stress and hassle that you already have to deal with. But there’s no point in your doing all the legwork when someone else has already done it; instead, these apps can simplify things down so you don’t have to do so much research.

1. Green Globe App
Ideal for travelers, this app gives you an in-depth look at all the environmentally friendly activities and attractions in your local area. By simply searching where you’re going, it brings up a list of options for places to eat and things to do that won’t rack up your carbon emissions. You can streamline the search to only show restaurants, day trips or even cruises—among many options. Each listing comes with videos, key facts and a description detailing what makes them environmentally friendly. You can even book directly through the app and call venues to make reservations or enquiries. It is most definitely the eco-travelers best friend and a great addition to any trip!

2. GoodGuide
Your carbon footprint isn’t always a direct result of your actions though. The choices you make about which companies you support are just as important as the choices you make about your home energy usage, carpooling and other more tangible decisions. You want to make sure you’re buying products from companies with similar values to yours, so you want products that are not only going to be safe and healthy for you and your family, but that are also going the lengths for sustainability. With this app, you can search for products or scan barcodes to check up on the parent companies and make sure they’re up to snuff.

3. Farmstand
Not only is buying fresh produce and other organic products better for you in terms of your health, but it’s also generally better in terms of the environment. This app is wonderful in letting you search for environmentally-friendly local markets in your area so that you can get the best fruits, veggies and other produce available. You don’t have to worry about the quality. Using the app, you can see photos that other users have uploaded from various stands, as well as accessing logistical information such as opening times.

4. FuelGood
If you’re trying to cut down on your CO2 emissions, the way you drive is a huge part of it. Although carpooling or public transportation might be better options, in some cases, they’re just not feasible. Still, you can use this app to track the distances you’re driving, how many miles per gallon you use and other information about how you drive. Then you can compare your statistics to those of other drivers to see where you’re falling short. Even if the numbers don’t really mean much to you, the app can give you concrete tips on how to drive more efficiently so that you use less fuel.

5. ExpressVPN
Cutting down on the amount of paper mail we receive drastically reduces your carbon footprint and this is a very good thing. However,  services such as online bill pay can be a bit nerve-racking given how unfortunately common identity theft has become. If you use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) however, you can encrypt your internet usage data to make your information much more difficult for hackers to intercept. Of course, when it comes to your PINs and passwords, you’ll want the strongest VPN available. ExpressVPN is good for its speed and reliability.

Reducing your carbon footprint can be a daunting task in a world of cars and plastic, but there are increasingly more alternatives available to help you stay green and cut down on your energy costs. Although the research part of the process can be frustrating, there are apps out there to cut down on the amount of work you need to do.

What do you think? Are there any other apps you use to stay environmentally-friendly?

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