Last night I took a very quick shower. There was no hot water. I do not do well in under a cold water shower. I only washed the important parts. Unfortunately, it is my important parts that really don’t like cold water.
Strangely enough many Panamanians prefer it. That is one reason, if you buy a Panamanian house, you have to check to see if it is plumbed for hot water.
This morning I ran to the station and picked up a new tank for $5+. I just checked and my records show that I bought the last tank on October 4th.
I use two small gas tanks (their price is government subsidized). One is for cooking and one is for hot water. My total household gas usage is less than $5 a month.
If I have a tank outage on Monday through Saturday, I can usually just call and they will drop off a tank at the house. The normal wait time is less than an hour. This morning it took a 10 minute round trip to a local service station.
My utility bills are one of the big reasons I love Panama. My last electricity bill was $52. When I remember my $300+ monthly utility bills in the states, I have to smile.