WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Energy conservation is an important aspect of day-to-day life in the Navy. It keeps costs down without sacrificing readiness, while simultaneously helping the environment. That spirit is now following service members home through the Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP). RECP is helping those in Public Private Venture (PPV) housing by incentivizing energy consumption, saving money for residents and the Navy as a whole. Naval District Washington (NDW) will be participating with a roll out expected later this year.
"We must move away from a culture of consumption to a culture of conservation through transparency and accountability, and that is where RECP comes in," said Vice Adm. William French, Commander, Navy Installations Command, in a video message to the fleet. "It will make you more aware of the energy you and your family are using. Our research shows that we can generate sufficient reductions in energy without sacrificing comfort by making residents responsible for the cost of their excessive utility usage."
The RECP helps to bring PPV utility usage in line with usage in private communities, and results in savings that will be reinvested to improve PPV community quality of life. 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.
"RECP benefits service members by encouraging energy conservation and allowing military members the potential of earning rebates if they consume less electricity than the normal usage band established for their like-type group," said Julie Barnes, regional Navy Housing Program manager for Naval District Washington.
Barnes explained that the program directly benefits participants by providing incentives for energy conservation. Dollars saved through conservation will be put back into the PPV project in the form of capital reinvestment such as housing renovations and improvements, community amenities, quality of life programs, among others. Additionally, Sailors and Marines will earn rebates if they use less than the normal usage band for their like type group. Barnes added that service members' Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) already includes an allowance for utilities.
To ensure that they get the most from RECP, residents can request their property manager perform an evaluation of the home to ensure that all of the appliances and energy using features of the home are in good order. The property manager will also provide tips on how to make your home more energy efficient.
"If you conserve, use electricity wisely, and stay within the normal usage band, you will not incur any out-of-pocket utility expense," said Barnes. "However, with a little extra effort, you could receive a rebate for your conservation efforts."
Those exempt from the program include Wounded Ill and Injured service members , residents enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member (EFM) program, and handicapped residents outside of the EFM. To be considered for an RECP exemption, residents must prove that a medical condition has a direct impact on their home's utility usage. A waiver must be obtained, and each housing office will have procedures for submitting a waiver.
Residents throughout Naval District Washington can expect RECP billing to begin Oct. 1, with a "mock" billing period beginning July 1 for residents to see how much energy they consume before the program begins.
For more information on the RECP, visit www.cnic.navy.mil/recp or www.LincolnRECP.com.
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