The iPad, from Apple, is the hottest handheld mini computer on the market today. It has a huge selection of excellent applications (apps) available for it, both free and for a cost, through the iTunes store. For those interested in sustainable living and being eco-friendly, the iPad offers several sweet apps to help save the planet. Tackle green living with these top iPad eco apps today!
Control4 My Home
Want to automate your energy saving in your home, apartment or condo? Check out the swell Control4 My Home app for the Apple iPad. It basically allows the user to use their iPad to control lights, thermostats, video, audio, cameras and much more, wirelessly. Of course, a little tinkering is required to get this to work just right, but it sounds like an amazing app for those willing to invest some time in it. Oh, and best of all, Control4 My Home is a FREE app! That’s right, free! Check it out today on the Apple iTunes store.
Solar Panel Advisor
Ever wanted just how effective a solar panel would be at a particular spot on your roof, in your backyard, or even on top of your tree? While I urge caution for people attempting to climb to such places, the Solar Panel Advisor iPad app is one such app for helping gauge exactly how successful and useful a solar panel would be at a given location. It uses its sensors to detect roughly how much solar energy a panel would generate at the location you activate the app at on your iPad (driveway, backyard, etc). It also gives the user info on how cloud cover would affect this number, and even compares the amount of energy generated to that of the national average.
While this may not sound like a “green” app, it really truly is! iBooks basically allows you ot turn your iPad into a handy eBook reader, compatible with some of the major formats for eBooks, for the grand total of $0.00! It comes with the timeless classic, Winnie the Pooh, for users to test out and see just how easy it is to read books on the iPad. I was impressed with t he functionality of iBooks and how enjoyable it was to use, unlike some other eBook programs I’ve tried out. Finally, it also allows users to view .PDF files, especially helpful for students needing to read class notes or other documentations on the fly. The layout of iBooks is really nice and the separation of Books and PDFs is well done. Finally, it is a great way to save on paper, thus helping save the world, one tree at a time!