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 Gas Fireplaces

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There are many fireplace options for homeowners to choose from these days. One popular choice are ventless gas fireplaces. You might want to do a little research to see if this option is right for you and your home. Like other fireplaces that do not burn wood, not having to chop firewood is a big advantage. Sure, at first there is a certain romantic nature about chopping firewood. It can give you the sense of “getting back to nature.” But that feeling can quickly evaporate. The reality is it’s really hard work.

So, what are some reasons to go the ventless fireplace route? Well, one big plus is it does not require you to poke a hole in your walls or ceilings in order to run a vent through. As the name implies, there is no need for a flue or chimney. And if you are on a tight budget (and who isn’t?) ventless fireplaces are considerably cheaper to install, operate and require virtually no maintenance. That is definitely not true of all fireplaces. Some are quite pricey to operate and are very high maintenance.