Rising energy prices are confusing the dreams of many Slovaks. What’s more, due to high costs, many are already looking for ways to save. Nevertheless, there are sectors where they do not save. Entrepreneurs currently keep the prices of goods and services at a low level, because if they suddenly increased them, it would mean a clear end for them, since people would no longer use their services. However, many are afraid of the future. Archived VIDEO Hirman reassures the public regarding energy prices in the first government, there is no reason to panic. For example, bread would cost 10 euros, a lunch menu 25 euros and a night in a hotel 300 euros. The portal tvnoviny.sk informs about it. Entrepreneur Andrej from Nitra owns two restaurants and even though he has recovered from the corona period, his livelihood is being “eaten up” by high electricity costs, while the new advance payments have literally taken his breath away. While until now he paid a maximum of 900 euros, now it is 8,000 euros. He tries to save where he can, he removed the biggest consumers of electricity from the operations and replaced them with new energy-saving appliances. Despite this, the numbers are not working for him, the costs are huge and he is talking about the end of the business. Photo gallery (2) Source: thinkstock They have similar problems in a hotel in Žilina. According to the new advance invoices, they have to pay more than 50,000 euros per month for electricity. It didn’t help when they started saving. Compared to the original payments, the increase is more than five times. However, they cannot reflect the increased costs in the prices, because no one would buy accommodation from them. According to them, it is the government’s turn. “In addition to capping the price of electricity, there should also be some support for building additional sources or alternative sources, and that is photovoltaics,” thinks the owner of the hotel, adding that if the state does not help them, they will have to close in the winter months. On the contrary, bakers are already announcing price increases. For example, the family bakery in Považská Bystrica talks about the most difficult situation since the beginning of the business. “In terms of electricity, compared to previous years, it has increased by around 500 percent, and in terms of gas, it is around 350 percent,” says the owner of the bakery. In addition to energy prices, they also face high prices for raw materials such as flour, butter, salt, margarines and oils. Even though they are trying to save and have optimized production, the high initial prices had to be reflected in the prices of the products as well. “We grind from the last,” concluded the baker.