April 22, 2011, 2:08 PM — There's no doubt that businesses need to become more environmentally aware in their everyday decision-making if the planet is to have a sustainable future. What's equally compelling about many eco-minded strategies and solutions, however, is that they can also save you money.
And guess what? There's an app for that--many, actually. Not only are there myriad mobile apps designed to help individual and business users become more green, but several of them can help users save more "green" of the other kind, as well.
Ready to become greener in both ways? Then check out a few of these money-saving, eco-minded apps.
Many of us--businesses included--whip through an inordinate amount of paper and toner printing things like boarding passes, directions and documents simply so that we can have them easily accessible while on the go. With Houdah Software's ACTPrinter, however, you can say goodbye to all that.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, the app essentially lets you "print" from your Mac or PC right to your mobile device so you can take documents with you. The app is priced at $1.99 on iTunes; accompanying software for your Mac or Windows PC is free. Hopefully an Android version is coming soon.
Along similar lines, why spend money on business cards that just get lost in the shuffle when you could use a digital alternative? That's just what Haploid's GreenCard is for. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch (2nd generation), iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad, the free app lets you create a business card on your mobile device and then share it directly with your contacts. The app is sold on iTunes, but I'm hoping Android is in Haploid's plans for the not-too-distant future.
3. Green Mileage
For those of us on the Android side of the fence, the free Green Mileage app is on hand to help us track our mileage as we go about the driving part of our daily business. Knowing your current habits, after all, is a critical first step on the way to cutting back and saving.
4. Fuel Saver
Aiming to help users drive more efficiently, meanwhile, Fuel Saver is a fuel-efficiency app that alerts you when you're driving too fast, accelerating too quickly or breaking too suddenly. The iPhone app is free. Users, meanwhile, report reductions in fuel usage of up to 16%, its makers say, translating into hundreds of dollars per year.