By Verde Sustainable Solutions, L3C
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With over 20,000 people using this tool to be more green, the average person learns how they can save $774.43 in electricity costs, or over 54%. Verde helps you find the best things in your home to update and become more energy efficient. Find out exactly how much money and environmental impact that you can save by upgrading to a new television, refrigerator, air conditioner or lighting.
Each new download of Verde has a positive impact on the environment, just through increased environmental education. Join the Verde movement and reduce your impact.
What's New in Version 3.2
• Automated energy cost finder based off user's location (opt-in)
• Twitter & Facebook integration
• New environmental impact displays
I am only beginning to input data and already see two glaring deficiencies in what otherwise looks to be a very well designed app.
First is a PROBLEM with entering items. When entering my first custom item, I was able to edit the name from "CUSTOM" to what the item is. Later, I noticed that I could edit the title on default items as well. I was quite happy with this until I discovered that this was a ruse. None of the changes I'd cmade stuck. They all reverted back to the original wording including the custom entry.
Second is a FEATURE I'd like to see added. I am realizing that all this detailed entry won't tell me a whole lot more than I already know about our electricity usage. What would be very helpful is to have the option to cross reference entries by groupings. For example, I have a home office. It would be very helpful to be able to flag all the items in that office to get a separate subtotal for that area. I also sublet rooms to two other singles. It would be a big help to be able to separate out all the items in the house as either "shared" or assigned to an individual. In theory, a workaround would be to put this app on five different IOS devices, but since this app only works on an iPad, I am limited to one copy.
The app did 'crash' once during initial data entry. I was relieved to see that no data was lost.
Initially, I was pleased to get a $5 app for free. Starts off with promise; interface is easy to use. (Though regional color codes lack sufficient contrast. I had a hard time telling Zone 4 from Zone 5. Just because you call the app Verde, you don't have to stick to shades of green!) But…the list of minuses is long. List of computer stuff doesn't even have printer on it. I used fax instead—which is under miscellaneous, btw. Is that a good substitute? I dunno. The Kwh estimate was off. Only electric power is covered—no choices for gas or propane. My gas water heater uses a little electricity for the thermostat, e.g. Custom stuff doesn't save. Editing is strange—deletes wrong things. Keeps crashing just when I'm about to get final report. Two stars for effort—and that's generous.
Great for Earth Day
After reading 50 shades of grey, I decided to take action against climate change. Verde had several great product suggestions, including a solar-powered water feeder for my dog (he is a husky and really thirsty).
Verde also provided a great way of understanding carbon emissions - I totally get that trees "breath" carbon and when I reduce energy, I save trees (or carbon). The tree meter really makes this confusing topic more clear.
I loved Verde so much that we went together for a bit, but the app was downloaded so much that it "got complicated".
- Category: Utilities
- Updated: Mar 15, 2012
- Version: 3.2
- Size: 2.6 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Verde Sustainable Solutions, L3C
- © Verde Sustainable Solutions, L3C, 2012
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.