Manage your energy use with these handy apps

Tracking your steps, tracking your children, monitoring your banking activity or locating your parked car––these days, it seems like there is an app for everything. If you are efficiency-savvy and want to manage your energy use, there may be an app that works for you. While there are several energy use apps to choose from, some can be difficult to use, particularly those aimed at general efficiency. There are no clear standouts, so try a few, and choose the app that works best for you.
Purchasing a smart thermostat for your home is a great way to begin managing your energy use. But, if you are looking for a more granular way to obtain information about your energy use, an app can provide useful insight into how specific actions impact your utility bill. The following is a snapshot of a few energy efficiency mobile apps. All of the apps mentioned in this article are available for Apple and Android systems.



Together We Save
Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives offers the Together We Save app, which enables users to calculate the energy use of many household appliances based on national averages. This free app includes roughly 100 calculators that determine the projected energy use and cost of particular appliances and activities. The app also offers 100 practical energy-saving tips. For Touchstone Energy® Cooperative members, the Together We Save app calculates energy costs based on your actual utility rates for even greater accuracy. In addition, the app links to, TWEC’s website, for timely updates and information.


TWEC’s Smart Hub App

Smart Hub
The Smart Hub app transmits utility data enabling consumers to see near real-time information about their energy use. Essentially, this app helps customers better understand how and when they use energy. The Smart Hub app was developed by National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC) and uses the same data as the Smart Hub web portal. While all members can pay their utility bill using their mobile device, pre-pay customers can also view their balance. For members who have solar PV systems installed at their home, the app enables them to check their offset power compared to their purchased power.

Your trusted energy resource
While these apps employ the latest technology to maximize your ability to manage your use, the next generation of energy apps will likely integrate across multiple platforms––managing your thermostat, appliances, water heater, home electronics and other devices from the convenience of your smart phone. In the meantime, while app technology continues to evolve, your best resource for saving energy and money is your local electric co-op.
Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative can provide guidance on energy savings based on your account information, local energy use and weather patterns for your region and other factors unique to your location. Contact TWEC’s energy experts at 800-321-8932, or go online to to learn more.


  1. An app that helps you calculate the energy use of many household appliances is very useful. Especially for people who have no idea how to compute it.

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