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 6 ways to keep cool without wasting water Despite its rainy reputation, the South East of England receives a lot less rain than you might think – around the same as Melbourne, Australia. In the summer, demand for water rises alongside temperatures which put extra pressure on water resources. To preserve water supplies, we can all do a little to save a lot. Here’s 6 simple tips for saving water in warmer weather which will save you time and money too! 1) Cold water Instead of running the tap and waiting for the water to cool, leave a jug of water in the fridge to chill for instant cold water. Add some mint or fruit to create a healthy and refreshing drink. 2) Pool together As temperatures creep up it can be tempting to bring out the paddling pool. Depending on the model, paddling pools use 500 to 600 litres per fill and take a lot of energy to fill and empty. Why not team up with other parents on your street to host paddling pool playdates instead? Take it in turns to fill the pool and share the load. 3) Make the paddling pool go further If you do fill up a paddling pool use the paddling water to water plants or wash the car when the kids are done. Is the dog in need of a wash? Dip a towel in the paddling pool and use it to wipe Rover down. 4) Time your watering Water plants in the early morning or at dusk to avoid moisture evaporating before it has done its job. For more tips on clever watering click here. 5) Pick the right plants Not all plants are created equal and some thrive in dry, warm weather. Look out for plants with grey-green or silver leaves that are better at retaining moisture or reflecting the sun. Not only will you save water but you also won't need to spend as much time and energy looking after your garden. Lavender, Geraniums and Petunias make good picks – find more here. 6) Wait for the rain After a period of dry weather, you may notice your lawn turning brown. Don't Panic. Although it looks bad there's no need to start watering the lawn, only a severe drought would actually kill it. Wait for a good downpour and watch your lawn bounce back to its vibrant green self. Get free water saving products here and join the #TapChat for more tips that will save you time, water and money.