Split Drainage Plumbing
The Pelagic Suites feature a split drainage system. Black water (from the toilets) goes directly to the septic tanks while grey water, from the kitchen, sinks and showers is directed to tanks for re-use.
At this time, the Galeodan Suites are served by conventional power. However, when complete, the final (Terrace) level of the Pelagic Suites will support an extensive array of solar panels which will significantly reduce our overall energy consumption to “near-zero”. During periods of partial occupancy, we expect to feed more energy back into the grid than we consume.
Gas or Induction Cooking
Ecuador’s National policy is to phase out all domestic gas-cookers and replace them with electrical induction cookers. To this end they are phasing out the existing subsidy on the price of domestic gas in exchange for a temporary subsidy on electrical power and the opportunity of buying inexpensive induction cookers, imported in bulk from China; on the face of it, a laudable initiative but for the alleged poor quality of the replacement cookers and, in Galápagos, a power system that lacks the capacity or infrastructure to handle the increased demand.
So, for now, the Suites are equipped with gas-cookers. However, they are wired for installation of induction cookers as soon as they become a viable alternative. Most likely that will first come about as a result of further expansion of the solar panel array.
While most lodgings in San Cristóbal only provide shower-head electrical heaters, each Galeodan Suite has its own, more efficient and much safer, on-demand,tankless water heater (calefon) providing hot water to the kitchen and bathroom sinks as well as the showers. At this time, the heaters are gas-fired but the Suites are also wired for electrical induction heaters once they become a feasible alternative. As with induction cooking, we expect that will first come about with expansion of the solar panel installations.
Standard light fixtures are equipped with energy efficient CFL bulbs. Security lights and dimmers, are equipped with LED bulbs
For comfort in the warmest months of the year, we provide high-efficiency, quiet, split-system air-conditioners in every suite. We just ask you not to be wasteful in their use and turn them up, or off, when you are out for a period (such as on an excursion). All the Suites have ceiling fans, and screen doors (front & back) to promote natural ventilation.