Resident Energy Conservation Program
Navy Region Southwest is in the process of implementing the Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP). The program is designed to encourage energy conservation by rewarding residents of Public-Private Venture (PPV) Family Housing whose electricity usage is below average for similar homes in their neighborhood. However, residents whose consumption is above average will be charged for their excess use.
RECP consists of four stages: communications, pre-mock billing, mock billing, and live billing. During the communications phase, housing residents, commands, and the local community will receive information from Navy leadership and housing personnel about RECP. During the pre-mock billing phase Lincoln Military Housing will test and review usage data for each home to ensure meters are working accurately. The mock billing phase provides residents with an opportunity to view their actual usage before becoming financially liable for excessive electricity charges. Residents will receive a monthly mock billing statement, which describes their home’s energy usage, the average usage for a similar home, and whether they would have received a rebate or been charged for their extra usage. Following the mock billing phase,, residents will begin live billing and become financially responsible for their actual usage.
RECP aligns with the Department of the Navy’s energy conservation initiatives to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil. “Saving energy takes an All-Hands effort. The rewards and benefits support the Navy, our families and the environment. This proven and effective measure rewards those who conserve and also returns money to the community for housing maintenance and future construction projects” said Navy Region Southwest Command Master Chief David Dearie.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do Sailors, Marines and their families benefit from RECP?
Dollars saved through conservation will be put right back into the PPV project in the form of capital reinvestments such as new housing, renovations, community amenities, quality of life programs, etc. Sailors and Marines will earn rebates if they use less than the normal usage band for their like type group.
How does this program work?
The Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP) establishes “like type groups” of housing and measures the average usage for each like type group every month. A 10% buffer is then added above and below the average to create a Normal Usage Band. Residents will receive monthly statements on how their usage compares to the Normal Usage Band. Those using more than the Normal Usage Band pay for the excess and those using less than the Normal Usage Band will receive a rebate or credit for the difference between the Normal Usage Band and their actual usage.
What is a "Liked Sized" home?
Each home is placed in a like-type group that is based on neighborhood, age, number of bedrooms, and unit size. Keep in mind that the 10% buffer added above and below the baseline accounts for differences in family size, appliances, differences in types of windows or doors, etc.
How does billing work?
If your usage is within the Normal Usage Band you will not have to make any payments. Only if you exceed the Normal Usage Band will you have to pay and then only for the amount over the Normal Usage Band. If you are below the Normal Usage Band you will receive a rebate for the difference between the amount consumed and the lower end of the usage band.
How and when will I expect a rebate or a payment?
Residents whose monthly utilities usage is below the Normal Usage Band will be notified in the monthly billing statement, which will also reflect the amount of the rebate earned. A check will be issued to the residents when the accumulated rebate exceeds $25. Residents have the option to “bank” the savings if they want and use savings to offset future payments. The payments work in a similar fashion – the resident will receive a monthly billing statement and will be required to make a payment whenever the total owed exceeds $25.
Energy Saving Tips
Let the Sunshine In
Take advantage of natural daylight to reduce lighting. Dim or turn off lights and signage during the day.
Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), which provide the same amount of light, use up to 75 percent less energy and can last up to 10 times longer.
Adjust the Thermostat
Adjust down in the winter, up in the summer and shut off when not in use. Even a few degrees can significantly reduce heating and air conditioning costs.
Unplug seldom-used appliances, like an extra refrigerator in the basement or garage that contains just a few items. You may save around $10 every month on your utility bill.
Unplug your chargers when you're not charging. Every house is full of little plastic power supplies to charge cell phones, PDA's, digital cameras, cordless tools and other personal gadgets. Keep them unplugged until you need them.
Use power strips to switch off televisions, home theater equipment, and stereos when you're not using them. Even when you think these products are off, together, their "standby" consumption can be equivalent to that of a 75 or 100 watt light bulb running continuously.
Set Computers to Sleep and Hibernate
Enable the "sleep mode" feature on your computer, allowing it to use less power during periods of inactivity. Configure your computer to "hibernate" automatically after 30 minutes or so of inactivity. The "hibernate mode" turns the computer off in a way that doesn't require you to reload everything when you switch it back on. Allowing your computer to hibernate saves energy and is more time-efficient than shutting down and restarting your computer from scratch. When you're done for the day, shut down.
Use Appliances Efficiently
Set your refrigerator temperature at 38 to 42 degrees Fahrenheit; your freezer should be set between 0 and 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Use the power-save switch if your fridge has one, and make sure the door seals tightly.
Wash only full loads in your dishwasher, using short cycles for all but the dirtiest dishes. This saves water and the energy used to pump and heat it. Air-drying, if you have the time, can also reduce energy use.
In your clothes washer, set the appropriate water level for the size of the load; wash in cold water when practical, and always rinse in cold. Clean the lint filter in the dryer after each use. Dry heavy and light fabrics separately and don't add wet items to a load that's already partly dry.