iOS: The cool weather is upon us, and that means higher energy bills as we struggle to keep our homes warm and comfortable. If you're looking for a way to save money on your power bill this winter, Verde is a free app for the iPad that takes into account how much you pay for electricity, and then runs the numbers for you to let you know how much you can save by making changes in your home and habits.
Verde asks you where you live and asks you what you pay per kilowatt hour (usually displayed on your power bill, but the app will make a suggestion if you don't know.) Once the app knows your location and your rate, it then asks you to select the appliances and energy-sucking devices you have in your home from a really well-arranged and well-organised list of equipment.
After the app has your rate, the appliances you use, and the regularity with which you use those appliances, Verde will generate a report for you detailing how much energy you use on average in a day, week and month, how much each of your appliances costs you every time you use them, and what changes you can make to reduce that cost. Each suggestion is even noted with how many trees you save by changing your habits, but if that doesn't resonate with you, the amount of money you'll save is listed as well.
Verde takes a couple of minutes to get set up and running, but it's a small setup price to pay for the wealth of suggestions the app offers when you're finished. It's worth noting that the app is iPad only, and while it's currently free, its normal price is $5.49 — which it returns to after Earth Day, April 22. How do you manage your energy costs? Do you have any tips to share? Let's hear them in the comments below.