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 What kind of water user are you? Join the #TapChat Short and sweet, or long and steamy? Once a week or only when needed? When it comes to water use there’s no clear definition of what’s “normal”, making water habits an interesting topic to dive into. Following the driest winter in more than a decade, we need to start thinking about our water use. The average person uses 150 litres of water a day. However, 2 out of 3 people in the UK don’t think they can do anything to use less water despite admitting to habits such as leaving the tap on when brushing teeth (which splashes away 6 litres per minute) or showering for double (or triple) the recommended 4 minutes. We think it’s time for a #TapChat about water use. Whatever your lifestyle there are loads of simple things you can do to save water, most will save you time and even money if you’re on a water meter. Here are 4 ways to get started: 1) Take the #TapChat quiz Answer 11 questions to find out what type of water user you are and get advice tailored for your lifestyle. 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? 2) Join the #TapChat Follow the #TapChat hashtag across social media to read about other people's hidden water habits (go on, be nosy), share your own secrets and post ideas. Find #TapChat on Twitter and Facebook. 3) Try out some #TapChat tips Start saving with these quick and easy tips for showering, teeth cleaning, toilet flushes, laundry and dishwashing. Click on an icon below for more tips. Shower Shorten your shower. Aim for 4 minutes per day. That’s enough time for a run through Rihanna’s “Under my Umbrella”. Teeth Turn the tap off. Shutting the tap off when cleaning your teeth will save 6 litres per minute. That’s something to smile about. Toilet Use the dual flush. We don't want to spell this out for you, but the little button is for liquid, and the large button is for everything else. Clothes Wait until you have a full load before doing the laundry. Two half loads use more water and energy than one full, so don’t be fooled. Dishes Use a bowl. Washing-up with a bowl or filling the basin uses 60% less water than leaving the tap running. Read more Read more Read more Read more Read more 4) Order free water saving products Who doesn't love free stuff? Contact your water supplier or order via the Waterwise website. #Tapchat is a water saving campaign in partnership with Affinity Water and SES Water supported by the Consumer Council for Water, Waterwise, SaveWater South East, and IKEA UK.