For Ideas on How to Live Greener, Think Mobile

SMARTPHONES and tablets may not seem to be designed with the environment in mind, being made of complex layers of plastics, metals and electronics, with chemical batteries. But apps may help you adopt environmentally sensible habits in your daily life.

BrightNest, free on iOS, is a beautiful general guide to improving your home. One of its many categories is simply called Green.

When you sign up for your free login, you can choose to receive only green tips — from “conserve water like a pro” to ideas on performing a home energy consumption audit. Tapping on a tip brings up more detailed information that is nicely illustrated, well written and easy to follow. Sometimes, though, a lot of tapping is needed to navigate through the menus and tips.

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