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Gas, Electricity, Water in Quito

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In older houses, people use gas tanks for cooking and warm water and sometimes electric headers are used for warm water in the shower. Newer apartment buildings frequently have centralized gas system, although the newest systems are based entirely on electricity.


Vendors of gas tanks drive through neighborhoods on a daily basis, around the same hour (mainly in the morning). If you want to be able to buy a new tank at any time, you can ask for the phone number providing your neighborhood. In case your apartment building has a centralized gas system, it is not possible to choose your own provider.


Generally, gas is not included in the rental price.

A new gas rank costs around $50 USD. However, it is an investment, because you will only have to pay $3 USD when you change your empty tank for a full one.



In Ecuador, electricity is provided by the government and is not offered by private companies.

The voltage in Ecuador is 110/120 and the plug type is generally 2 pronged flat (like in the United States).


Depending on the neighborhood you are living in (richer areas pay a higher rate to subsidiza poorer neighborhoods) and your consumption, you pay between $15 USD and $20 USD per month.



Water is also provided by the Ecuadorian government and has to be paid monthly in governmental agencies or through an online transfer.


In Quito, your monthly water bill will be between $5 USD and $10 USD.

Update 24/01/2019


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