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Best apps for managing an energy efficient home

There is an app for everything these days, and when it comes to energy efficiency there’s no shortage of options available to help you run your home better. It’s likely that you’ve already embraced technology to help do things like check your bank balance, make travel arrangements, track how many steps you’ve taken in a day – so why wouldn’t you use an app to help you save money and energy at home? If you’re not sure where to start, here are some of the most popular apps for managing an energy efficient home to help you get started.


The Nest app is available on Android and Apple store, and the company designed it with the intention of helping your home do a better job of protecting you inside it. One of the best ways you can use this app is with the Nest Learning Thermostat, which programmes itself after a week, adapting quickly to your schedule so that it knows when you need the heating on and when you don’t, when you need hot water and how much, and gives you total visibility over your energy use and spend. If there’s any change in your regular schedule, you can use your mobile to adjust the heating remotely so that you have total flexibility and control. Find out more about Nest and the suite of products on the website.

Fuel Buddy

We know that energy efficiency isn’t just related to your house and your home heating oil consumption habits, but that you appreciate energy efficiency tips for all your fuel spend – including your car or van. The Fuel Buddy app is great for this, especially if you travel a lot for work. Using this app, you can track your journeys, your fuel economy, your mileage – and it can even remind you when your next service is due. Reviews are extremely positive for this handy and user-friendly app – find out more about Fuel Buddy and how it could benefit you.


Energy saving shouldn’t be a chore, and with the fun JouleBug app it doesn’t have to be! This little app aims to help us all live in a more eco-sustainable way, whether we’re at home at work or on the go, and does so by organising sustainability tips into actions and challenges that you can start to apply in real life. It’s a very social app, encouraging you to connect with other people and communities around you who are also interested in sustainability. Get involved today by finding out more about JouleBug and downloading the app for free.

Managing your home in a more energy efficient way is made that little bit easier with these apps. With a ‘smarter’ home you can do everything from turn lights on at home from your mobile when away on holiday to deter burglars, to setting your oven to switch on to preheat by the time you come home from work.

How do you use technology at present to control your home?