[vc_row][vc_column][stm_spacer height=”150″ height_mobile=”-100″][vc_custom_heading source=”post_title” font_container=”tag:h4|text_align:center|color:%233f3f3f” google_fonts=”font_family:Montserrat%3Aregular%2C700|font_style:700%20bold%20regular%3A700%3Anormal”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_single_image image=”14223″ img_size=”large” alignment=”center” css_animation=”none”][stm_separator color=”custom” style=”style_3″ custom_color=”#0d97ff” sep_width=”200px” sep_height=”10px” sep_css=”.vc_custom_1571309810608{margin-top: 20px !important;}”][vc_raw_html]JTVCRElTUExBWV9VTFRJTUFURV9TT0NJQUxfSUNPTlMlNUQ=[/vc_raw_html][vc_column_text]Summer is here! The sunny days make us yearn for the beach and usually increase our spending. Given the heat we’ve been experiencing lately, everyone’s using more water and extending air conditioning hours. This is why we shouldn’t be surprised if our utility bills skyrocket. 
To avoid a steep increase in our utility bills, here are a few tips for intentional spending that won’t affect your comfort levels ring these summer months: [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

How can I lower my monthly water bill?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]1. Fix faucet and pipe leaks.
If you’ve noticed that your water bill is higher than usual, check if your faucets and pipes are leaking. One good indication of a leak is reduced water pressure. You can also search for signs of mold on your walls and baseboards, ceilings or floors in the bathroom and kitchen. A surefire way to find a leak is to turn off all water in your home and watch your water meter for at least 15 minutes. If it keeps moving, you’ve got a leak. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]2. Use water-saving appliances
Dual-flush toilets, low-flow showers, and faucet aerators are readily available. They can help lower your water consumption. For a DIY option, you can also fill an empty litro soft drink bottle with pebbles and water then place it in your toilet’s water closet to reduce the amount of water required for flushing.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]3. Conserve water.
It’s an obvious but often overlooked tip. The little things such as turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth or during your 20-second handwashing routine can make a huge impact on your consumption over time.  Also, taking shorter showers, and only using the washing machine with a full load of laundry can make a big impact on your monthly water bill.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

How can I cut my monthly electricity bill?

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]1. Keep your fridge full.
The food and beverages in your fridge will act as an insulator, keeping your fridge from working too hard to cool them. Also, make sure your fridge is always closed. According to Home Energy Magazine, open refrigerators account for 7% of its total energy use.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]2. Use LED lighting.
Try to switch to LED lights in major areas of the house. They may cost a little more than your regular bulb, but they will benefit you in the long run. LED lights use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer. Speaking of lights, make sure you switch them off when not in use, as you should with all appliances at home. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]3. Go for a walk outside.
Take advantage of the fresh air during early morning and late afternoon. In addition to it being good for your well-being, doing so gives you time to switch off your electricity at home. Make sure to follow safety protocols, of course.  [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Now that most of us are working from home, we have been using water and electricity more than ever. While it is inevitable for our utility bills to increase, it doesn’t mean that you can’t control it. However, in case you need help in paying your utility bills, know that Uploan is there to offer a helping hand. If you need to take a loan, you can do so here.
Given all the factors that contribute to the possible increase of our utility bills, there’s always one factor you can control – yourself. Whether big or small, the changes you can do can make a difference in the bills you need to pay. [/vc_column_text][vc_raw_html]JTVCRElTUExBWV9VTFRJTUFURV9TT0NJQUxfSUNPTlMlNUQ=[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row disable_element=”yes” shadow_x_offset=”0″ shadow_y_offset=”0″ shadow_blur=”0″ shadow_spread=”0″][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]