15 Green Apps For Your New Apple iPad

by Jaymi Heimbuch, San Francisco, California on 05.10.10

Photo via nDevilTV

If you know us here at TreeHugger, you know how we feel about smart phone apps. We love them. They’re often just so darn handy for living a greener life, from helping out with transportation to shopping to home energy management. And so, you’ll probably guess that we’re excited to watch iPad apps slowly roll out so that this new gadget has a green purpose. There are already a good handful we like, and they’re listed here, including the best apps for catching the news, movies, and even some green-themed games.

Home & Garden

Image via iGrowIt
iGrowIt – $0.99 Quickly find out what vegetables you can plant right now, and access all the essential information you’ll need on how and when to grow your own fruits and veggies. Set up for gardeners in the US and UK. The app also features recipes you can use for what you grow, and updates are set for gardeners in the Southern hemisphere.

Solar Panel Advisor – $1.99

You can turn your iPad into a solar cell with this app, in order to find out how much solar power you can generate with any size solar panel in that area. The app computes sun rise, sun set, sin elevation and sun azimuth, and is a great tool for educating kids (or adults!) about solar power. Plus, you can monitor your own solar array via the app.

Off Remote – Free
Easily turn off, lock, restart or log off from your computer from anywhere in your house, saving energy by making sure that nothing is running that doesn’t need to be running. After all, if you’re busy playing on your iPad, you probably don’t need the computer running, right?

Control4 – Free
If you’re running Control4’s software to monitor and manage your home’s electricity and appliances, then you can control those devices right from your iPad. Control your lights, thermostats, audio, video, web cameras, security system, and much more with easy taps and gestures. You can see exactly which lights in which rooms are on or off – and switch them on or off – control your thermostat, and a whole lot more. Besides reading and playing games, this ability to be a component in home automation is a perfect role for the iPad.


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