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.

Gas Heaters

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Gas heaters are more efficient and generally cheaper to operate than electric water heaters. Propane heats water twice as fast as electric, which helps reduce your energy bill. Propane fuel also has a lower carbon footprint and emits fewer greenhouse gases than other fuels.

Because they do not run on electricity, propane heaters still work if your house loses electricity. While propane heaters will lower your energy bills, they often cost more upfront to install and can be expensive to maintain. But even with the higher initial costs, gas water heaters can make up the difference in a year. Propane heaters also often last much longer than electric water heaters.