Creating 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Tips for using less water in your garden

We've asked gardener and designer Renée Canter to share her tactics for making sure the plants in your garden grow and thrive – without needing too much time or waterRead more

How to switch kids from having baths to showers

‘Bathtime’ is a special time for you and your children, but when is the right time to start showering? Showers use less water than baths, and saves time and effort too. In this blog, mum of two Charlotte shares her top tips for getting children to swap bath time for shower time.Read more

Six reasons why encouraging people to save water is difficult

To explore a fresh approach to communicating water saving messages Hubbub has developed #TapChat generating considerable reach but demonstrated how difficult it is to engage people in water saving.Read more

How to brush your teeth the right way

Are you brushing right? Brushing your teeth is a simple and effective way to improve oral health, combat bad breath, and one of the easiest places to reduce water use too. Leaving the tap off when brushing teeth can save 24 litres of water every day. That's something to smile about.Read more

6 tips for easy watering

Save time watering the garden this summer, and help save water too. Here's 6 easy tips for making watering more enjoyable from Renée aka the Girl Who Gardens.Read more

Hubbub expands water-saving partnership with Affinity Water

The increasingly erratic climate and growing population in the south-east means that households in the region will need to start thinking about their water use. Hubbub are working with Affinity Water to communicate the need to save water at home.Read more

It's winter and it's raining, so why are we at risk of drought?

The Guardian recently announced that we're likely to be heading into drought this spring. This might seem strange in the middle of winter, so we take a look at why this is happening.Read more

Save £1000 and live a greener life

IKEA and Hubbub have been helping people to re-think their daily lives. Based on what we've discovered, here are five top tips for saving £1000 a year and being kinder to the planet.Read more

Bring Back Heavy Metal aims to turn UK battery recycling up to 11

178 million batteries are hoarded in UK homes. #BringBackHeavyMetal encourages people to have a battery amnesty this October.Read more

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? #TapChat seeks the answer as part of a new partnership campaign with Affinity Water.Read more