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.

Ventless Fireplaces

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Ventless fireplaces, also known as vent free fireplaces have many benefits going for them. They are considerably cheaper to install and maintain than other types of fireplaces. How easy they are to operate is one of the biggest things they have going for them. No need to cut and stack fire wood. Shoveling ash after having a big fire? Not necessary. High bills from frequent use? Definitely not. Making a big mess having to poke holes in your walls or ceilings so a vent can be installed? That’s not going to happen.

Most ventless fireplaces are freestanding and don’t have a need for a flue or a chimney. Many newer models have an automatic ignition function that doesn’t require electricity. Which is always handy if the power ever goes out on you. Annual cleaning of the logs is recommended to ensure that your fireplace continues to operate safely. Professional installation is suggested, but not required. Some units require minimal assembly. Choosing the right size of ventless fireplace for the size of the room it will be in is very important. One obscure benefit that many people may not realize is that they create moisture, which can be nice to have in the middle of a very dry winter.