HomesCreating smarter lifestyles We each spend an estimated £9,590 on running or renting a home in the UK each year. The way we live is changing too with more of us expected to be renting rather than owning a home by 2025. As living costs rise there's more need to find simple ways to make greener choices whilst making your money go further. Flick through these tips, blogs and events for inspiration for your home that also eases pressure on the conscience. 3 things you can do today Look out for labels. If you need to buy something tech related, take a look at the energy efficiency labels and aim for A+++. This will reduce the energy you use and save you money in the long run. Here's a simple guide on the labels to look out for. Give your things a new life. Pick one thing you throw away that you don't have to, and find a way to reuse it. Batteries are a great place to start - choose rechargeable. Know your bins. Find out what's collected and what can and can't be recycled at home by popping your postcode in here. Go a bit further - run your own campaign. Home Do something Top tips Blog Ideas bank Homes 5.5 tips for saving money on your heating bill Household energy prices continue to climb higher and higher each year, so we've pulled together some easy top tips on saving money on your energy bills and keep your home toasty. 1) Shop around for a better energy deal People like U-Swtich and money supermarket allow you to compare prices of different energy providers so you can work out if you're on the best energy deal. Doing a simple search online takes minutes and can help you work out if you could get a cheaper deal, sometimes saving £100's on your bill. You can also call your energy provider to see if they can give you a better deal (these numbers are not always free so keep your eyes peeled). If you want regular updates, Money Saving Expert have a Cheap Energy Club providing regular advice. 2) Draft-proof your home According to the Energy Savings Trust you could be saving about £35 a year, and it's super easy to do. Find where the cold air is coming in from (windows, keyholes and doors are good places to start) and plug those gaps. Making your own DIY draught excluder is a simple and cheap way to keep your rooms warm, here's a handy guide on how to make your own. 3) Secondary glazing film Secondary glazing film is a temporary extra bit of insulator for your windows. You can order it online for as little as £7, or pop into your local DIY store. You can also try this with cling film or bubble wrap if you have it at home! 4) Bleed your radiators It's common for radiators to accumulate trapped air which means hot water in your heating system can't flow as effectively and can't keep you as warm as they could. Removing air from your heating system, or 'bleeding' your radiators is straight forward when you know how - it’s time to get up close and personal with your radiators. Bald builders have got a great tutorial on how to know if it’s time to bleed your radiators and all importantly how to do it. 5) Get to know your dials Check your heating comes on and off at times that fit with your daily routine, and check it's at the right temperature. This might sound obvious but it's an easy one to forget amongst busy lifestyles. Making sure you have these in check will not only keep you warm when you're at home, but can also help you save money. Which? have a great guide on how to use boilers and thermostats, have a look and get to know your dials. 5.5) Layer like you’ve never layered before An oldie but a goodie. Lots of thin layers are a really good way to trap heat in and big socks are a sure fire win. Get more advice If you want more advice or tips on heating your home, or to find out whether you're entitled to any support for your bills, contact the Citizens Advice Bureau or Turn2Us. Alternatively, if you live in one of the covered areas you can head to Fuelling Connections on Facebook, a local advice page on saving money and keeping your home warm. Tell us how you keep bills down If you’ve got your own top tips let me know in the comments below and subscribe to see a new vlog every Friday exploring the world of green lifestyles!