If you are making the switch from incandescent to energy-efficient light bulbs, a new phone app will help you make the right choice for your home. The Light Bulb Finder smartphone app makes it easier to find the energy-saving equivalent to conventional light bulbs and was just named best overall app in the Environmental Protection Agency’s App for the Environment Challenge.
The Light Bulb Finder app gives instant recommendations for energy-saving light bulbs with the fit and quality that matches the users needs. Users simply walk through their homes and enter simple information about their light fixtures and current incandescent bulbs. The Light Bulb Finder will then display an image of the bulb, price, dollar savings, payback period and carbon footprint reduction so users can make an informed purchase. The app also creates a shopping list and allows users to buy light bulbs directly through the app or at local retailers.
Other winners in the App for the Environment Challenge include HootRoot, an app that helps users find the most efficient routes while traveling. HootRoot provides directions and carbon footprints for driving, flying, and human powered transportation options on any route. EarthFriend was named best student app by the EPA. The application incorporates games, fast facts and data importation from the EPA. It encourages users to go green and take action to help our land, water, air and climate. The popular choice award went to CG Search, an app that gives users the air quality index, air pollution levels and energy consumption of various cities across the U.S.