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 Blog How long do you spend in the shower? Hubbub launches #TapChat In a country where it’s constantly raining, how do you persuade people that it’s important to save water? Hubbub is seeking to answer this question by launching #TapChat, a new partnership campaign with Affinity Water. It would shock many to know there are genuine fears that if we have another dry winter the South East of England might be facing a drought. Existing water conservation schemes seem not to be effective in persuading people that this is sufficiently important to change behaviour. Hubbub’s survey of 3,000 UK adults revealed that 76% are not concerned about the amount of water their household uses and only 31% said their household could use less water if needed. If worries about potential water shortages and environmental impact are not sufficient to nudge people to change behaviour what would work? The answer we believe is to start a conversation about hidden bathroom habits. Spend any time on chatrooms of sites like MumsNet and it becomes apparent that we find the daily routines of others fascinating. How long do you spend in the shower? How often should you clean your sheets? Do some people really clean their towels every day? What are people doing? Our survey lifted the secrets lurking behind bathroom doors. We discovered that people spend an average of 9 minutes in the shower. Londoners have the most indulgent showers, taking on average 11 minutes whilst those in the North East are speediest, with average showers of 7 minutes. Younger people are more inclined to linger longer, with 16-24 years olds taking an average of 13 minutes, compared with 7 minutes for over 55s. Our launch video below reveals the shower habits of others. Survey respondents confessed to a range of activities that extend their shower time from singing and playing with the water to using social apps. Four in ten people admitted to running the shower for at least a minute before getting in, using the time to clean their teeth, shave or go to the toilet. 7% of people run the shower for 3 minutes or longer before getting in and some do exercises or make a cuppa while the water is running. Making the connection between daily habits and water saving Showers are often thought of as a more efficient and environmentally friendly alternative to baths. However, modern power showers pump out an average of 13 litres a minute, which means that a 6-minute power shower uses as much water as a bath. Cutting our shower times by two minutes could save 8 billion litres of water a week. #TapChat aims to create a new debate about water use and has been built on deep customer insight. Hubbub has visited 40 households providing them with beautifully designed water saving devices and personalised water saving advice. Their stories have been captured giving real-life examples of how easy it is to save water without disrupting routines or quality of life. We have created a playful online questionnaire enabling people to see what type of person they are when it comes to water habits, and access tips and resources relevant to their particular lifestyle. For example, you might find that you are a Busy Bee or a Day Dreamer. There is a video for each personality type giving three simple water saving tips. You can see an example of Day Dreamer below. Finally, there will be interactive displays around the Affinity Water region reinforcing the message and taking it directly to consumers. Hubbub hopes #TapChat will start a playful and thought-provoking conversation amongst people about their daily water routines encouraging them to make simple changes that could have a significantly wider impact. Why not take our quiz to see what type of water user you are? What type of water user are you? Take the #TapChat quiz and find out!Are you a Busy Bee, a Water Hero or just a bit of a Day Dreamer? Take the #TapChat quiz to find out, access tips for saving water (and time) that are right for you, and for a chance to win an Apple iPad. Water you waiting for? Get quizzing! You're a Busy Bee!You clearly lead a very busy lifestyle, how did you find time for this quiz? When you're always rushing around getting things done, it can be tricky to find time to stop and think about things such as water usage. Still, whoever said that time is money was clearly referring to water use, and with so many simple water-saving hacks there’s nothing stopping you from saving time, money and water. You're a Day Dreamer!Your mind is constantly wandering, thinking up new ideas, exciting adventures to be had, or maybe just what you'll have for dinner later today… Being a daydreamer can be a dream - studies have even shown that the best ideas tend to come from people like you. Still, being a daydreamer also means that you might be prone to losing track of time when showering, brushing your teeth or doing the dishes, which can add up to a higher water use than necessary. Click through for dreamy ways of saving water every day. You're Easy Going!Dishes in the sink, clothes on the floor, flowers in need of a bit of water… Sounds familiar? Some people may call you lazy, but you just prefer an easy-going lifestyle. You're not easily stressed out and prefer to leave chores such as doing the dishes for a little later. Luckily for you, there are loads of ways you can save water that requires little or no effort. Click through to find top tips - we promise they're easy to do. You're Super Clean!Looking fabulous feels great, as does having a sparkly clean home. But keeping up appearances can require a lot of effort, and can use a lot of water too, not all of which is necessary. Get started with our simple tips for saving water, we promise they won't cramp your super clean style. You're a Water Hero!So you turn the tap off when brushing your teeth, never run a half load, and capture rainwater in a water butt. No wonder you consider yourself a water-saving hero, and rightly so: you’re doing great! Still, following the driest autumn/winter in more than a decade even the most conscious water user can do a bit more - for the good of your pocket and the environment. Click through to find to tips for saving even more water. Which alarm clock is yours?What does your sink look like?What are you doing on a typical Friday night?When did you last wash your sheets?Which friends character are you?2/3 of people don't think they can use less water. What's holding you back?We all have a life mantra - which one sounds like yours?How long do you take in the shower?How would your friends describe you?Toilets use around 30% of water in the home. Would you share a flush to save water?If you could have one superpower, which would it be?