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Today is Earth Day, a day when we celebrate the Earth and try to be even more eco-conscious. So along with turning out lights when you leave a room, turning down the thermostat and recycling all you can, here are four mobile apps that will help you live greener every day of the year.
Tips for going green If you’re looking for how to start embracing more environmentally-friendly habits, you might want to check the Go Green mobile app (iOS, free). A new tip pops up each time you launch the app. For example, “When you’re in the market for a new computer, consider a laptop. It saves space, goes anywhere and uses five times less energy than desktop models.” Each tip is then stored in “The Green List,” which you can reference at any time.
Recycling how-tos If you’re wondering where you can drop off empty paint cans or batteries in your area, you might want to check out 1-800 Recycling’s mobile app (iOS and Android, free). Available for “parts of Canada,” the app allows you to search nearby recycling centres based on the item you want to recycle. It then lists all the centres near you that accept it, includingthe location’s address, hours and phone number. You can even call the centre direct from the app.
Maintaining your green lifestyle Want to know just how Earth-friendly that package of peanut butter you’re about to pick up is? Good Guide (iOS and Android, free), scans product barcodes and rates them for health, environment and society. It also lists the ingredients, nutritional information and alternative products. And you can add in your personal standards to see how your favourite products stack up. The app lists more than 120,000 food, personal care and household products.
Make your commute a little greener Commute Greener (iOS, Android and Facebook) gives you points and badges as you improve the method of your daily commute. For example, I take the subway every day, so the app suggests I work from home one day a week or get a bike in order to make my commute a little better. You also get points and badges for recruiting friends, and can create challenges for your group to take part in.
What mobile apps do you use to help you live greener?
Sarah is a regular RedBoard contributor
As Earth Day approaches, we chatted with blogger Heather Hamilton, A.K.A. @tjzmommy on Twitter, about how her family does its part for the environment, websites that help teach her kids about energy savings and how Rogers Smart Home Monitoring (a system she’s trying out for a year) is helping her family, as well as the Earth.
What energy savings strategies do you use at home?
We are very conscious of our energy consumption in our house and it’s great to see that our kids have also jumped on board with our strategies. As a family, we are vigilant about turning off lights when we aren’t in the room and turning down the thermostat when we are not home. Since we have two boys, they do like to keep the lights on at night, but we have all worked hard to limit the energy to a small nightlight in the room, rather than leaving on a full bathroom light!
How do you teach your children about energy savings? Any cool apps or games you could recommend?
My kids love anything interactive on the computer, so here are our favourite energy- and eco-focused sites for kids:
- EcoKids has some great online games for kids to teach them about being energy efficient around the house and allows them to be part of the solution;
- Earth Rangers is such a great site to educate kids about animals and ideas on helping to give back to the environment – lots of opportunities to earn rewards along the way for helping;
- The US Department of Energy has a really kid-friendly site to engage kids, educate them and let them have fun while saving energy!
How is Rogers Smart Home Monitoring helping you save energy?
We left on a weekend away, shortly after the Rogers Smart Home Monitoring installation, and I totally forgot to turn down my thermostat! I’m far too cheap and eco-conscious to allow that to happen, so I logged onto my iPhone app and adjusted the temperature to be cooler while we were away. On the drive home, I logged back in and turned up the heat for when we got home.
Which feature(s) will be the handiest for Earth Day?
We will be using all of the features to save energy on Earth Day! We have created a list with the kids on how they can be active this Earth Day and work with us to reduce the energy we use, turn off taps, turn off lights and be more aware of paper products that they use.
Did you know that with Rogers Smart Home Monitoring you can get your lights and small appliances to turn on and off according to your schedule? You can read all about the system’s easy home automation features here.
Today, residents of New Brunswick – in Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton – and residents of St. John’s, Newfoundland, can book a FREE in-home assessment by visiting www.rogers.com/smarthome
What do you do to save energy? Share your tips in the comments below.
Sarah is a regular contributor to RedBoard
In this week’s review, we’ll update you on our TV Makeover contest, show some love to our volunteers at Rogers TV for National Volunteer Week, and connect you with a quick guide to the latest LTE smartphones via Connected Magazine.
TV Makeover Contest
If you haven’t been following our TV Makeover contest, you’ve been missing out! Not only do you have the chance to win an amazing Samsung and Nextbox 2.0 prize pack valued at over $5,000, but the blast from the past TV sets in our entries are a lot of fun too!
Check out this beauty from Mary in Burlington, Ontario with rabbit ears and all! Or how about Jose’s from Ajax, Ontario with the old school crank knobs to change channels! If you think you can top these entries, then what are you waiting for? Just go here and upload a picture of your old TV set and write a 100 character description of why you need a TV makeover. Use the hashtag #TVMakeover to tweet, like, pin and share your entry with your friends.
National Volunteer Week
If you or someone you know is interested in television production, our volunteers are given hands-on training which provides both valuable experience and skills needed for a career in broadcasting or in other job sectors. Some of our positions include camera operator, floor director, production assistant, and makeup artist. For more insight, check out what some of our volunteers had to say about their experience volunteering at Rogers in our video section under “What I got from volunteering at Rogers TV.”
4 LTE enabled smartphones for your viewing, talking, watching, & texting pleasure
Last week the industry was buzzing about the Nokia Lumia 900. This week it’s all about the HTC One X With LTE speeds, 8MP cameras and AMOLED touch screens, these devices are among the hottest in the marketplace.
But let’s not forget some of the trailblazing LTE devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note or the Samsung Galaxy SII. Find out what makes all 4 devices so popular, and find out which one is right for you in Connected Magazine’s guide “LTE Smartphones: Nokia Lumia 900, HTC One X and more.”
Happy Earth Day!
Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22. Why not join the Earth Day events happening in your community this weekend? To find out what’s happening in your city, go here and click on your province on the map to see a list of what’s happening in your community.
Kelly is a regular contributor to RedBoard