It seems like there’s an app for just about everything. That’s great news especially for the homeowners among us, who can have a plethora of useful, convenience tools right in the palms of our hands. From apps that ensure we never miss a bill to design apps and apps that help us save energy, here are some of the most essential, must-have apps for homeowners that make homeownership a bit less stressful.

ColorSmart by BEHR

Have you ever wished there was some way you could see what a room would look like in your desired color before you commit to the color by painting the room? Well you’re not alone. However, you’ll be pleased to learn that there are such tools, one of which is this handy app from BEHR.

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Available for free for both Android and iOS devices, ColorSmart by BEHR is essentially a virtual room painter, allowing you to take a picture of the room you plan to paint, choose your desired color(s), and then preview what your design would look like. The only real drawback is that it only gives you BEHR paint colors to choose from, but you’ll likely be able to find something similar if not exact if you were planning to use another brand. 

iScape Landscape Designer

Here’s an app that’s as innovative as it is easy to use. Especially useful for newly-built homes and for those who’ve just moved, iScape lets you take a photo of your home’s yard and then use the app’s landscape design tools to create the pristine yard of your dreams.

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The iScape app has been highly acclaimed by critics and users alike; unfortunately, the free iScape app is a “lite” version, but is available for both Android and iOS. The full iScape app — available only for iOS — costs $9.99 and iScape Elite, the professional edition for iPad only, is free with an auto-renewable subscription to activate the software.

BillMinder Bill Tracker

If you’ve ever accidentally forgotten a bill, you’re aware that the late fees tacked onto bills that are paid past their due dates can add up to be a significant chunk of money over the months. What’s more, sometimes you don’t realize you’ve forgotten a bill such as your cellphone bill until you realize your phone’s service has been temporarily shut off. Oops!

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BillMinder — available for $2.99 on Android and $1.99 on iOS devices — is a place where you input each of your monthly expenses into a convenient calendar so that you can keep track of due dates and make sure that your bills get paid on time. You can set alerts as well as see useful finance statistics and reports to see what your greatest expenses are, how you’re spending your money, and ways you can save money. The app is praised for offering a catalogue of virtually any expense you could possibly have to input into the calendar. Additionally, a built-in QuickPay feature lets you pay the majority of your bills without leaving the app. 

WattBuddy Electricity Meter Reader

How would you like to have the ability to read, graph, and track your electricity usage in the palm of your hand? WattBuddy is a free iOS app that stores and tracks your energy usage, either by taking readings from photos you upload to the app, by allowing you to input the data manually, or by connecting to your utility company directly.

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Using this data, WattBuddy can give you statistics based on your history, current usage, and projections. It also takes into account the local energy rates and suggests ways that you can save money on your electricity bill. As a homeowner, the WattBuddy app is one of the most effective, useful ways to save on your energy bill.

Standby Energy Cost Calculator

Many of us leave all of our electronics, appliances, computers, and even things like cellphone chargers plugged into outlets all the time, even when they’re the not in use. The problem is that these electronics are causing a constant drain on our electricity. There are different names for this; some call it “vampire energy” while others refer to it as trickling or standby energy, but over periods of weeks, months, and years, the amount of money you’re spending on this wasted energy can be quite significant.

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The straightforwardly-named Standby Energy Cost Calculator — free for Android devices — is a place for you to input all of your household appliances, electronics, and chargers so that it can tell you how much “vampire energy” this unused gadgetry is costing you. The app can show you an estimate of how much energy these things are receiving when in use and when not in use, as well as an estimate of what this is costing you per day, per month, and per year. You’ll be shocked to discover the money you can save using this app.

 

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Author: Dane O’Leary