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. HomeDo somethingTop tipsBlogIdeas bank Homes Recycle your batteries - #BringBackHeavyMetal Dig out your old household batteries and bring them back to be recycled. It's easy to buy rechargeable batteries and battery recycling points can be found in most shops, yet a staggering 178 million used batteries are hoarded in UK homes. Household batteries contain heavy metals including lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, manganese and lithium. The heavy metals found in batteries can be reused, however millions of batteries end up in landfill where they go unused and cause damage to the environment. Have a battery amnesty! 1. Dig out Where are your batteries hiding? In every home there is a drawer, a cupboard or a remote control where used and discarded batteries linger. 2. Share a photo Share a picture with the hashtag #BringBackHeavyMetal. 3. Drop off your batteries Collection points can be found most supermarkets, DIY centres and local shops. Find your nearest collection point here. Top tip: It’s easy to forget so give your future self a nudge. Keep your old batteries next to your shopping bags, or set a reminder on your phone! Find out more: www.bringbackheavymetal.co.uk #BringBackHeavyMetal was created by Ecosurety and Hubbub to encourage people to take part in a battery amnesty in October 2017, and drop their batteries off at their nearest collection point. Backers include Asda, BatteryBack, B&Q, Currys PC World, The Entertainer, GP Batteries, Morrisons and M&S. If you are interested in supporting the campaign in 2018 please get in touch [email protected] Booking for this event has now closed.