Recent headlines around gas and energy prices has meant that Synergy Grill Technology has seen enquiries regarding its cooking equipment increase significantly in recent days, according to chairman, Justin Cadbury.
He commented: “Shocking stories around the phenomenal rise in gas prices in particular has seen operators start to look even more seriously at ways in which they can counteract this additional strain on their business. This involves contacting their dealer to investigate what energy efficient equipment is already available, what savings it can bring to their operation and the additional benefits of installing the latest technology within their venues.
“Not only have we taken many enquiries from both dealers and end users on our range of gas-based models, but we are also starting to see a greater number of enquiries on electric models, such as our latest eGrill which was launched earlier this year. Thankfully, due to us forward buying key components earlier in the year we have been able to hold dealer prices for the time being and have good stock availability.”
Prior to the price hike, many energy efficient pieces of equipment, such as the Synergy Grill, would repay the additional outlay within 9 months. This latest significant inflation on gas prices, may mean that an operator could start seeing savings within just 6 months after the initial purchase, making it a short-term planning exercise that will generate immediate financial, as well as production, benefits.
Cadbury continued: “Whenever dealers present Synergy equipment to perspective customers, the feedback we get is that they are always blown away by the high-quality way the food is cooked, but sometimes find it hard to put into perspective the financial benefits of 59% energy savings. To help with this, we have devised an energy savings calculator on our website that translates the savings into monetary value. Unsurprisingly, this has been the most visited page on our website in the last few days and seeing some of the figures being entered shows us that operators do not expect these latest gas price rises to be the end of the increases.”
For example, one major pub chain recently calculated that after replacing its current grills with a 900-wide Synergy Grill in each of its 400 sites, it could save £500,000 in energy costs per year, and prevent 4,400 tonnes of CO₂ entering the atmosphere – equivalent of taking 800 cars off of the road every year.