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.

Wood Pellet Stoves

Let’s take a look at one source of heat that not a lot of folks may know about, wood pellet stoves. Wood pellets are made from compressed materials, so they give off a dry heat. That means there is less moisture, so it gives off a hotter heat. Which we can all agree is a bonus when the temps take a tumble in the winter months. Burning wood pellets also gives off very little smoke, so your entire home won’t smell like you’ve just had a roaring wood burning fire. And everyone knows that’s definitely a good thing.

Other advantages include affordability. The wood pellets are very inexpensive to buy. You can buy them in bags and they stack nicely in the garage, well out of the way when you’re not using them. Burning wood pellets is also good for the environment, and indeed the process of doing so is considered to be carbon neutral. Not too many things these days can claim to be carbon neutral. Wood pellets do produce a little ash, but far less than a regular wood burning fire, so cleanup is quick and painless. And no one likes to clean up after a fire, so that is definitely a major check in the plus column.