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.
- City of Rolfe has an Energy Efficiency rebate program for certain new appliances, forms are at City Hall.
- 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%.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.