Since the beginning of COVID-19, Blue Ridge Energy made the decision to suspend disconnects, waive late fees and offer special payment plans to assist our members and customers during this difficult time. While the decision had already been made to extend these special circumstances until August, Gov. Cooper issued a new Executive Order 142 on May 30 outlining the same timeline. We encourage everyone (including Flexpay members) to continue paying your energy bill to avoid a large balance at the end of this crisis. Call us at 1-800-451-5474 to set up a special payment plan.

50 Gallon Water Heaters

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50 gallon water heaters are the most common tank size. It can supply hot water for homes with 3 to 5 residents. The typical shower uses about 17 gallons of water, so a 50 gallon water heater should give you enough hot water for everyone to bathe.

Heating your water accounts for about 20 percent of your home's overall energy costs. New efficiency standards for water heaters less than 55 gallons get a 4 percent bump in efficiency, while water heaters with more than 55 gallons can reduce your bill up to 50 percent.