Up until now, your gas will have been priced on general usage throughout the day, with no differentiation between usage patterns during that time. Accordingly, your gas supplier will price your contract based on just daily usage. However, when you look into the main usage patterns for most restaurants, they are not the same as other standard UK businesses who trade between 7am – 5.30pm. In fact, most restaurants do their business between the hours of 11.30am – 2.30pm (Lunch time) and 6.30pm – 11.30pm (Evening Dining).
When pricing gas, the suppliers normally take into account the ‘Triad’ period, which is when energy is at peak capacity. In easy to understand language, the ‘Triad’ period spans peak times during the day/evening when, for example, kids finish school or people arrive home from work. Therefore, between 3.30pm – 4.30pm, across millions of homes in the UK, lights are switched on. When it’s cold the heating also goes on, even before a PC or Xbox is powered up. Another typical ‘Triad’ period is between 5.30pm to 6.30pm, when the main body of commuters arrives home from work. Again the UK reignites, sending energy demand through the roof. During these ‘Triad’ periods, your energy can cost two to three times as much than at any other times during the day.
How do you get lower rates?
Knowledge is key. By obtaining your restaurants actual usage during trading hours allows us to obtain better prices for your restaurant, because we can predict how and when you will be using your gas. Whilst it’s true that you may use more during the winter than in the summer, generally your cooking patterns remain the same – you still do prep work and cook when you have customers waiting for their food, so your basic gas usage does not vary that much.
Where Business Gas.Com differs is that we buy in bulk across all the restaurants we have within our own ‘Buying Group’, so whether you have 1 restaurant or 100 restaurants you will pay the same price – and we will install you a gas smart meter, free of charge.
The gas smart meter allows us to obtain the important usage patterns of your restaurant, which then enables us to demand better rates. This is because we can show the gas suppliers when you use the gas, which in turn helps with pricing now and in the future.
Are you paying too much for your gas?
This is a simple exercise………..send us a copy of a recent gas bill and we will send you our ‘Buying Group Rates’, so you can see the difference. Energy prices are set to continue their upward spiral so stay ahead of the market: our clients prices in 2015 and 2016 are lower than what they are paying now and we are looking into rates for 2017 and 2018 for those same clients. So, why keep paying more than you need to?
Put it another way, if we were to offer you ‘Today’s petrol pump prices guaranteed for 3 years’ would you take up that offer?
Most people would answer YES! The same principle applies in how we purchase gas for our clients.
Join our gas buying group and see what Business Gas.com can save you.