With Strad applying for a green grant through the EU Commission to help fund the new range, hard facts and figures were needed if the application was to be successful. Strad worked closely with KFE to calculate the gas and carbon emissions savings that a new Kiremko range would bring compared to his current one.
The grant was awarded and with the new 4 pan counter range installed in February, not only have Strad’s bills verified the projected savings but they have exceeded them.
“KFE said the gas savings would be around a third with the new range, but it’s actually down to two-thirds less. I was paying £1,100 to £1,200 a month and now I’m paying £400 a month. And that’s me going from a three pan to a four pan range and using them all of the time as well.
“There’s more product going out than before and we are using less gas so I’m making savings as well as cooking more.”
A 66% drop in gas consumption naturally means a lower carbon footprint with emissions falling 75%, from just over 30 tonnes to just over 7 tonnes per year. That’s the equivalent of eight houses’ carbon usage a year, taking five cars off the road a year or planting 1,056 trees and waiting 40 years.
“I always tell the customer I know it’s difficult to be environmentally friendly but if they shop from us we are doing a lot of that for them,” says Strad.