President Correa has sparked a new debate over one of the most basic creature comforts: hot water. Currently, the state subsidizes the price of propane gas tanks throughout the country, which are commonly used as cooking fuel and as the fuel for hot water heaters in most homes. Declaring that state subsidies were meant only to support cooking uses, Correa has mandated that no more gas hot water heaters are to be sold or used in the country.
Unfortunately, the mandate was put in without providing an alternative to the gas hot water heaters (calefones). As a result, Correa is being heaped with abuse by social commentators and heavily mocked on Twitter by Ecuadorians who have no interest in a cold shower (http://220.127.116.11/negocios/calefon-Correa-Twitter-Facebok.aspx). Discussions of the issue freely admit that Ecuador has some financial and social challenges to overcome, but most deny that taking away the country’s hot showers is any kind of answer.
We’re not sure how this is going to be resolved, so we’re keeping an eye on the situation. However, we do know this: We test the hot water availability in all of the apartments, condos, and houses we offer for rent. We know from bitterly cold experience the pain of an ice cold shower in Ecuador, so we make the effort to ensure that the hot water heaters in our properties are working when we take on a listing. Older water heaters and poorly installed water heaters can be finicky and we know the systems here aren’t perfect, but avoiding cold showers for our clients is one of the reasons we screen our properties carefully.
Most of our properties do have calefones installed currently as the source of hot water (mirroring the bulk of the Ecuadorian population). However, we do have one property available right now that has a US style electric hot water heater. To see listing CR#0065. contact Benjamin at 08 085 0174 or email@example.com.Share on Facebook