Spotlight: Can smartphones help us save the planet?

Canadian researchers develop app that would enable users to conduct energy audits

Smartphones have a reputation of being bad for the planet. But researchers in Canada are working on a smartphone application that would help firms and families adopt energy conservation measures to reduce emissions, conserve resources and reduce operating costs. The smartphone app enables users to conduct audits without having to wait for utilities to come and perform an on-site energy audit. The researchers said the biggest advantage of the smartphone-based auditing system is the potential for faster energy savings and emissions reduction. Read more