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RECP to Provide Mock Billing, Other Services to Ensure Resident Savings

By Patrick Gordon, Naval District Washington Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) — With the Navy’s implementation of the Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP), accountability for electrical consumption to each residence of Public Private Venture (PPV) housing will soon be the responsibility of residents.

A major part of this program provides rebates for those residents who conserve energy.

By offering incentives for energy consumption, the RECP hopes to bring down energy costs and save money while conserving resources, as well.

“It’s important to note that you and your family will reap the benefits of the money that is saved by this program,” said Vice Adm. William French, commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), in a video message to the fleet. “First with the refund from energy savings you and your family create by staying below the average normal usage rate. Second, the vast majority of the RECP cost savings will be reinvested back into the local PPV community to sustain high-quality homes and neighborhood amenities such as playgrounds, facilities and landscaping.”

The program establishes like-type groups of housing and measures the average usage for each like type group every month. A 10 percent buffer is then added above and below the average to create a Normal Usage Band (NUB). Residents will receive monthly statements on how their usage compares to the NUB. Those using more than the NUB pay for the excess and those using less than the NUB will receive a rebate or credit for the difference between the NUB and their actual usage.

Before any of this happens, though, residents will be able to see exactly how much energy they are using in comparison to the NUB through a period called “mock billing.” This period is scheduled last from July 1 to Sept. 30 and will allow residents to monitor their home energy usage without having to pay for any excess energy usage in their homes.

“The mock bills are intended to show your actual electrical consumption and billing costs, and how it compares with other homes in your like-type group,” said Julie Barnes, regional Navy Housing Program manager for Naval District Washington. “All billing costs will be based on the same electric rate charged for a particular housing area.”

Barnes recommends that residents review their mock bills, compare their monthly usage with the normal usage band, and consider adjusting their consumption habits as needed to minimize personal costs.

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“Individually, implementing energy savings tips result in small savings; but collectively, they can make a big difference in how much electricity is saved in a given month,” said Barnes.

Additionally, the RECP will have no impact on residents’ Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). According to CNIC, an allowance for normal utilities is a part of the BAH. BAH includes an allowance for utilities such as electricity, gas or other heating fuels, and water/sewer. The BAH includes the cost of utilities based on averages from residents living in the private sector who are directly responsible for paying for their utilities. The RECP is intended to encourage residents to achieve normal usage and to reward them for conservation beyond normal expectations. Residents who conserve and stay within the normal range will incur no out-of-pocket utility expenses.

CNIC recommends that those who wish to conserve make easy changes around the house. Simple adjustments to home thermostats to minimize heating and cooling, and wise use of hot water, lighting and appliances can also contribute significantly to energy savings. In cases where utility consumption is high, residents can also request that their property manager perform an energy audit to identify energy saving strategies specific to their home.

Residents are also reminded to keep up with any fees incurred through over-usage. Those with a past due account will receive delinquency notice letters and a late fee. Extreme delinquencies can result in a notice to vacate housing and can potentially affect a resident’s credit. The PPV partnership will work with residents to arrange payment plans if help is needed making payments.

For more information on the RECP, visit www.cnic.navy.mil/recp or www.LincolnRECP.com.
For more news from Naval District Washington, visit www.navy.mil/local/ndw/.

Story Number: NNS130419-08 Release Date: 4/19/2013 10:05:00 AM

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