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6 money and energy-saving tips brought to you by your smartphone

Jul 23, 2013

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By choosing a smartphone or mobile device with an all-in-one Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ mobile processor you're already saving energy with a smartphone that's been optimized for better battery life. Here are a few other tips on how to save some cash this summer with energy-saving apps for your smartphone.

1. Solar-powered mobile chargers

There's a wide variety of solar-powered mobile chargers available, ranging anywhere from $3 to $450. Most simply need direct light to charge up any USB device. Not only are they handy in the event of a power outage, used regularly they can help save some money on your electric bills.

2. Snapdragon BatteryGuru

Reducing the number of times you plug in to recharge can also help keep your energy usage down. Our Snapdragon BatteryGuru is a free app for Android that is designed to learn the way you use your smart phone, and automatically adjusts how your device uses energy to conserve and boost your battery life.

Snapdragon BatteryGuru

3. GasBuddy

The GasBuddy app (by GasBuddy.com for Android and BlackBerry) helps you find the cheapest gas prices based on your current location. And the cutting-edge GPS satellite identification built into your Snapdragon processor is designed to enable the app to more quickly find your current location faster so you can fill up and save up.

4. Meter Readings

Monitoring your monthly energy usage can help you become more aware of ways to cut down and save energy. This handy Meter Readings app (from Christian Melchior for Android) helps you track metrics of the different energy meters (electricity, heat, water etc.) in your home.

Meter Readings

5. JouleBug

With your high-powered Snapdragon mobile processor rendering crystal clear graphics, you may just become addicted to this fun way to save and compete with friends and family. JouleBug (by JouleBug for Android) rewards you for carrying out sustainable actions offered through energy-saving tips. Once you've done a good deed, your rewards and savings continue adding up, on average, you can save up to $200 a year.


6. Opower

The Opower thermostat is a new way to manage your heating and cooling systems when you're spending the weekend in Vegas, or at work during the day. With the Opower app (by Opower, Inc. for Android) you can control your thermostat remotely, compare energy efficiency with neighbors and even set timers to prepare for your return home.


What other ways do you save? Share the tips, tricks and apps you use to save energy and money.

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Nattida Samanukorn

Staff Writer, Snapdragon Blog