In response to Coronavirus, like many organisations, Hubbub is encouraging employees to work from home. This will, however, increase their domestic bills, so we’re offering ideas on how to keep financial and environmental costs to a minimum. Here are our five suggestions. Please do share these with your employees if you feel it would be helpful.

 1) Make your food go further

The average household wastes £60 of food a month, which has a huge knock-on effect on the environment.  Whilst working from home we may not be eating out as much, so being food savvy helps us get the best value from the food we have. Hubbub has set out six simple steps for saving food and money – head to the FoodSavvy site for more ideas and inspiration.

 2) Get connected

Working remotely can feel isolating, but we’ve encouraged our team to find unique ways to stay connected. We’ve arranged daily check-ins on a conference call and group chat and have been sharing tips for creating a healthy workspace at home.

Like many organisations, we are also using platforms such as Microsoft Teams and Zoom to run virtual meetings. We’re encouraging people to explore how these can be used to run creative brainstorm sessions and this is opening up new ways of working, such as using an online whiteboard, as well as cutting travel time and associated carbon emissions.

 3) Be energy aware

Spring is around the corner but heating is still needed sometimes. We’ve shared five simple tips for saving money on heating bills. Ideas including switching off radiators in rooms not being used, blocking drafts and bleeding radiators to ensure they work efficiently.

Extra time at home could also be used to switch to a renewable energy tariff, many of which are now available as cheaply as fossil fuel tariffs. Websites such as Money Saving Expert and Big Clean Switch are a great place to start.

 4) Try active travel

Our employees have expressed concern about using public transport and many are increasingly exploring cycling as an option. Hubbub is partnering with Brompton to give employees a helping hand to get started.  We are also registered with the government’s Cycle to Work scheme which can help employees save up to 42% of the price of a bicycle and cycling equipment.

 5) Stay water wise

Thorough and frequent hand washing is essential to reduce the spread of Coronavirus and must be part of daily routines, but we tend to waste water in the home in other ways.  The average person uses 150 litres of water every day on washing, cleaning clothes and cooking. Despite admitting to habits like leaving the tap running whilst cleaning teeth, 2 in 3 of us still don’t think we can use less. We’ve put together handy tips for saving water which will also cut bills for those on a water meter.

We hope these suggestions will help households save money, stay connected and remain active when spending more time working at home, as well as reducing emissions that contribute to climate change. If you have some tips and tricks of your own for getting through the working day solo or being savvy around the house, let us know @HubbubUK on Twitter.