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 Browse top tips How to recycle properly Recycling. Most people agree it’s essentially good. In fact according to a recent article 99% of Britain's actively recycle in order to protect the planet. This is definitely a stat worth shouting about; plastic has been hitting the headlines big time recently after the success of Blue Planet II and we’re becoming increasingly aware that when we throw our rubbish away it doesn’t just disappear. It’s incredibly important to keep materials in the loop, but are we recycling the right stuff? With each council having its own rules the consensus on what you can and can’t recycle can be a little bit muddled and if recycling is contaminated it can mean that it never gets a second life. Luckily there are some hard and fast rules you can follow wherever you are to make sure as much as possible can be recycled. These rules are pretty universal but for the full list of what you can recycle in your area head to your councils website! 1) Give stuff a rinse. It doesn’t have to be perfect but getting as much food out of containers as you can makes plastic and aluminum much easier to recycle. 2) Most coffee cups aren’t recyclable (yet!) while they’re mostly cardboard coffee cups are lined with a film of plastic which means it can’t be recycled in normal centres. 3) Black plastic trays are often coloured with carbon black which makes it undetectable for a lot of sorting machines. This means a lot of black plastic ends up as residue either to be burned or sent to landfill. An easy way to avoid this is to try and buy food in clear or white plastic when you’re at the supermarket! 4) Batteries can’t be recycled in your curbside collection and they can cause trouble if left in landfill leaching chemicals into the soil. But never fear they are super easy to recycle in most major supermarkets and electronics retailers. To find our what happens to our recycling after bin day the Hubbub Investigates team donned their detective gear and headed down to the Suez recycling plant in Birmingham. To get a behind the scene look watch the video below!