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, Gov. Cooper also issued a new Executive Order 142 on May 30. 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 or ask us about crisis assistance from the In This Together Relief Fund.

Wood Burning Fireplaces

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Maybe it’s the pioneer spirit of our ancestors in each of us, but there’s just something so wonderful about good old-fashioned wood burning fireplaces. You feel like a throwback, as you split and stack firewood. You get a little jolt of accomplishment when you start a fire. Carefully wadding up sheets of newspaper, while also adding little pieces of kindling to get things started. Those first few plumes of smoke as they fly up the flue. On a cold winter’s night, it’s just really hard to beat.

Making s’mores is also a favorite pastime with wood burning fireplaces. Do you like your marshmallows lightly toasted, or burned black? Slide it between a graham cracker with a bit of chocolate, and wow, that’s really, really hard to top. And by implementing “zone heating” you can really lower the cost of your heating bill by having a fire. Get a roaring fire going, then turn down the thermostat, and you’ll watch as the price of your monthly bill starts to take a dramatic tumble.