The Rapid City Library, the Civic Center, and the landfill; all are facilities that the city pays electricity for. And, that energy bill isn't cheap.
In 2011 the city of Rapid City spent more than $3.9 million on electricity, and this year they are approved to spend more than $4 million.
The Rapid City Public Works Committee is appointing a committee to look at some possible ways of saving money on their energy bill; including anything from adding motion censored lights to adjusting thermostats.
But some money saving initiatives can actually cost money. "With a lot of what I would call green projects, energy conservation projects, sometimes there's a bigger up front cost to implement those, but you're going to get it paid back in the long run, sometimes it's longer than others," said Public Works Director Terry Wolterstorff.
Wolterstorff says a decent turnaround time for such projects is 15 years or less.