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Since the beginning of COVID-19, Blue Ridge Energy has worked to assist our members during this difficult time. With the expiration of Gov. Cooper's Executive Orders 124 and 142, Blue Ridge remains committed in our efforts by continuing to suspend disconnects and waiving penalty and late fees for electric members until October. However, we encourage everyone with a past due balance (including Flexpay members) to call us by August 31 at 1-800-451-5474 to set up a special payment plan or ask us about crisis assistance from the In This Together Relief Fund.
Having an electricity generator can really save you a ton of cash in the long run. If you lose power for several weeks, your hotel bill can get out of hand in a hurry. Same with having to eat out at restaurants until the power returns. And that doesn’t even cover the cost of buying groceries because you had to buy all new when the food in your fridge and freezer went bad. You definitely don’t want to risk drinking spoiled milk or rotten meat.
Another out of pocket expense that you can possibly incur is busted frozen pipes. It’s hard to keep your pipes from freezing when your house is an icebox because of lack of heat. Don’t think criminals don’t prey on homes that they know are not being lived in when the power is out. And as an advantage to the burglars, without a generator, your alarm system won’t work to help deter them. As you can see, there are considerably more added expenses to a power outage than you may have initially realized. But an electricity generator can really save you a bundle.