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.

Fireplace Grate

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What is the purpose of using a fireplace grate? There are several, actually. Because the wood is raised off the ground, air is sucked in from underneath, which makes the wood burn even hotter. Burned wood falls down below the grate, which creates intensely hot coals. So, the wood is burned from the bottom up.

Keeping the hottest part of the fire off the ground also protects your fireplace and extends its longevity. Keeping the logs on a grate also puts it higher up, which helps the smoke go up the chimney, cutting down on the chances of it billowing out into your home. It’s also easier to light a fire when there is room underneath to add kindling, newspaper and other fire starters.