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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.
No fireplace is complete without functional, yet decorative fireplace screens. The main purpose for fireplace screens is safety. It keeps kids and animals away from the flames in the fireplace. It also avoids sparks and embers popping out of the fire and burning a hole in your carpet, drapes, pillows and more. A secondary purpose for fireplace screens is an added design element. Screens come in all shapes, sizes and looks. Pick the one that best fits in with the rest of your home’s décor. You could go for a classic, traditional look, or something more modern and bold.
There are two different kinds of fireplace screens: flat guard (or spark guard) screens, and screens with doors. Flat guard screens have a solid mesh panel that fits against the face of the fireplace. They offer the most safety, and the best view of your fire. This type of screen must be moved when you are tending to the fire. Screens with doors fit closely against the front of the fireplace. The doors usually have magnetic closures. It is not required to move the screen to get to the fire, which gives a convenience edge.