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Gas Utility

Rates

Gas deposit charge is the highest gas bill in the last 12 months for new customers or customers without a positive payment history. Existing Rolfe utility customers with no delinquencies during the past consecutive twelve-month period will not be required to pay a deposit IF the service is already connected at the new location.  Meter charges are $6.00/month for all utility customers except industrial interruptible being $40.00/month. Gas rate is flexible with market price.

In case of emergency, contact:
City Hall: 712-848-3124 during office hours
After Hours: 712-848-3456 (24-hour answering service)


Energy Savings Tips

  • To get the most energy savings, replace bulbs where lights are on the most, such as your family and living room, kitchen, dining room, and porch with Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL’s)
  • Some CFL’s have trouble operating in enclosed fixtures. Check the CFL’s packaging for any restrictions on use.

Insulation

  • A home with inadequate insulation can lose up to 40% of cool air or 60% of heat in the winter.
  • The average 10 to 15-year-old home probably needs about 5 to 6 inches of additional insulation.
  • An attic radiant barrier, usually made of aluminum foil bonded to paper, helps block heat flow through the roof into the house during summer. This can reduce annual energy bills by 3 to 8%.

Trees

  • Correctly positioned shade trees can reduce indoor home temperatures by up to 20 degrees and reduce cooling costs by up to 40%.
  • Well shaded neighborhoods stay 3 to 6 degrees cooler than those without trees.

Windows & Doors

  • Storm windows and doors can reduce the amount of cooling or heating lost by 50%.
  • Keep blinds and drapes closed to keep your house cooler.
  • Solar screens on windows can block out 60 to 70% of sunlight and heat.

Water Heater

  • Lower the thermostat on your water heater to no more than 120 degrees.
  • Wrapping your water heater with an insulated blanket can reduce its energy use by 10 to 15%.
  • Turn down or shut off your water heater when you will be away for extended periods.

Refrigerator & Freezer

  • The refrigerator temperature should be 36 to 38 degrees and the freezer should be 0 to 5 degrees. Settings that are too low cause refrigerators and freezers to run more than needed and can increase energy use by as much as 25%.
  • Make sure the doors seal properly.
  • Defrost freezers before the frost exceeds a quarter inch thick. Greater frost buildup makes the freezer work harder.
  • Let foods cool before placing them in the refrigerator, unless the recipe specifies otherwise. Warm food will cause the refrigerator to run more.
  • Freezers work better fully loaded.

Cooking

  • Oven temperature drops by 25 to 30 degrees every time you open the oven door.
  • Microwave ovens use up to 70% less energy.
  • Try to schedule your cooking time in the morning so that the kitchen heat does not contribute as much to the air conditioning use.
  • If possible, shut the kitchen off from the rest of your home while cooking and turn on the stove exhaust to help take the heat out of the kitchen.

Clothes Dryer

  • Dry loads of clothes back to back to take advantage of stored heat.
  • Clean the filter after every load to improve its efficiency.
  • Close the door to the room the dryer is in to keep it from heating up the rest of the house.