5 Apps To Help You Keep You Live Green In 2013

Happy New Year! The turn of the year is a great time to set goals for yourself. When that clock strikes 12:00, the old year slips into oblivion forever. Any disappointments or limitations can be forgotten as we look toward 365 new days in which to try again.

After the excess of the holidays, many people resolve to lose weight, get healthy, and be more responsible with their finances. Coincidentally, all things that are a byproduct of an environmentally-friendly lifestyle! Unfortunately, lots of resolutions fail before they even start. If you’re making a New Year’s resolution to live a cleaner, greener life in 2013, we want to see you succeed! Here are five mobile apps that can help keep you on track.

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Resolution – Waste less Food
App – GroceryHero

Hate leftovers? Scared of eating food that’s past it’s prime? This app reminds you of the expiration dates of groceries in your store while helping you discovery innovative recipes based on the ingredients you buy. Free – Android only.

Resolution – Drive Less
App – Get There By Bike

This is the all-in-one app for those who want to try bike commuting. Users can obtain bike friendly directions taking into account traffic, hills and off-street bike paths. Choose from Google “Bike There” directions or OpenStreetMap bike routes provided by Mapquest. Additionally, the app provides full support for bike share programs in Boston, DC, Denver, Miami, Toronto, Montreal and London with map purchase. Free – iPhone and iPad.

Resolution – Conserve Energy
App – EnergySaver

EnergySaver uses a “profile-analyze-save” approach to educate users about the energy consumption and related cost of each of their household appliances/devices based on their actual usage – not estimates or unrealistic algorithms. Instead of just tracking overall consumption, the app allows users to input their actual utility rates and pinpoint the appliances that are costing them the most money. $2.99 on both the App Store and Google Play.

Resolution – Buy Less Crap
App – yerdle

Tired of buying stuff that you only use once? Frustrated by all the clutter in your home, office, or garage? We spend thousands on things we think we need, only to see those “essentials” gathering dust up on a shelf. Yerdle is on a mission to make sharing the new shopping. Use this app to post items you are ready to give to your friends or request things you need. It connects with your social networks so you can browse what your friends are giving away. Free – iPhone only.

Resolution – Do The Right Thing
App – JouleBug

Maybe you’re new to this whole “green living” thing. Maybe you’re not sure what changes you want to make. What you need is an app that will introduce you to the small changes that make a big difference. JouleBug is programmed to synthesize information like your location, utility rates, and weather and uses it to suggest activities that make sense for you and provide real-time info about how much you could save. It includes everything from switching to LED light bulbs to bringing your own bags at the grocery store. Completing a green task earns fun badges that you can share on social media. Free – iPhone only.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog