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Why did the Navy decide to start RECP?

In September 1998, OSD issued a policy to transfer responsibility for the consumption of utilities from privatized (PPV) housing projects to residents. The Navy is implementing the RECP program now that most PPV homes are individually metered. Research shows that residents use 20+% less in utilities when they are directly responsible for utility Usage vs. Payments. 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.


When will the RECP program start at my installation?

The current roll out schedule for Phase I of the RECP is shown in the below list. Phase I includes units that have individual electric and gas meters and processes in place to bill residents. Follow-on phasing timelines are yet to be scheduled for the remainder of homes that are still in the planning stage.


Regions that are currently in Live Billing*:

  • Hawaii
  • Southeast (FL, GA, MS, SC, TX)
  • New Orleans (LA)
  • Midwest (IL)
  • Northwest (WA)
  • Southwest (CA, NV)


2014 RECP roll out schedule:


  • January 2014: NSA Mechanicsburg, NS Norfolk, NAS Oceana, NSA Norfolk Northwest Annex, NNSY Portsmouth VA, NSA Norfolk, NWS Yorktown, JEB Little Creek, Mitchel Field Complex, JB-MD Lakehurst*, NS Newport*, NSB New London*, NSY Saratoga Springs, NSY Portsmouth NH*
  • February 2014: NB San Diego, NAF El Centro, NB Coronado, NB Point Loma
  • April 2014: NB Ventura, NWS Seal Beach
  • June 2014: NSA Mid-South, NAWS China Lake, NAS Lemoore
  • August 2014: NSA Washington, JB Anacostia-Bolling, NSA Bethesda, NSF Thurmont
  • TBD: NSA Annapolis, NSF Dahlgren, NAS Patuxent River, NSF Indian Head, NWS Earle, NAS Fallon


* Less than 100% of homes at each installation are participating in the RECP in the initial live billing phase.For more information about when the RECP will roll out for a specific Navy installation or neighborhood please contact your local Housing Service Center.


How does this program work? 

The Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP) establishes Like-Type Groups (LTG) 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.


How do Sailors, Marines and their families benefit from RECP?

Any RECP generated conservation and cost savings are reinvested into the PPV project for funding future project costs to maintain high quality housing and neighborhoods. A very small amount of the savings are shared with the PPV owner per cost-sharing percentage as negotiated in business agreements. 


How is my usage target determined? 

Your house will be combined with other housing units into LTG of metered homes that have similar characteristics that affect home energy performance such as the square footage, age, and condition of the home. Each month the average usage of utilities for the LTG are developed with a 10% buffer above and below the average to create a Normal Usage Band. Residents with usage above the Normal Usage Band will pay for the excess and those using less than the Normal Usage Band will receive a rebate for their savings.


What if there is an extremely hot or cold month? 

The Normal Usage Band is calculated anew each month using with other occupied homes in the same like type group that experience the same weather conditions.


Can I get information about my LTG?

Yes, your Resident Services Manager/Housing Office can provide you with that information.


How will this program affect my Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)? 

There will be no impact to the BAH allowance.


Isn’t a utility allowance already part of my BAH? 

Yes. An allowance for “normal” utilities is a part of the BAH. BAH includes an allowance for the following utilities: 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 use utilities wisely. If you conserve and use utilities wisely within the normal range, you will have no out-of-pocket utility expense and with a little extra effort could be eligible for a utilities rebate.


How does billing work? 

Every month residents will receive a monthly statement that shows how their usage compares to the Normal Usage Band for their specific like type group. Residents who use less than the Normal Usage Band will accrue a credit or rebate and residents who use more than the upper Normal Usage Band will pay for excess consumption. Before residents are responsible for payments they will experience a “mock billing period.” When the program first starts at a new location all residents will receive “mock bills” that will allow residents to adjust their consumption before live billing starts. After mock billing the live billing period starts and residents will be directly responsible for their utility usage. 


Does this program mean I have to pay a utility bill every month?

No. 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. If you are within the Normal Usage Band there is no action required.


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 utility usage report including the amount of the rebate earned. When the accumulated rebate exceeds $25 the property manager will issue a check to the resident. 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 be notified monthly and will make payment whenever the total owed exceeds $25.


How do I know that my utility usage report is correct? 

Your monthly utility usage report is based on the actual recorded readings of individual utility meters on your home. The PPV project company hires a utility billing expert to collect information from the meters and develop a usage report for each home. The billing company expert and the Navy monitor the accuracy of monthly billing. If you feel there are inaccuracies on your bill, please contact your property manager for review.


How can I be sure my home is energy efficient?

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 my neighbor in the same like type group has a more efficient kitchen appliance, does that entitle me to new appliances? 

In most cases all homes in the same like type group will have the same appliances however typically the like type group will not change due to different kitchen appliances. However, if a home has different heating or air conditioning systems or water heaters they will not be in the same like type group.


We have two children in our family and live in a 3-BR home. Many of our neighbors do not have children. Will the monthly usage average for our LTG be skewed?


The rent for PPV homes is typically the BAH rate. BAH does not vary depending upon family size. Families are placed in homes appropriate for the size of the family and only similar homes will be included in average calculations.


What happens if I don’t pay on time? Will late payments affect my credit? 

Residents 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 your credit. The PPV partnership will work with you to arrange payment plans if you need help making payments.


Am I responsible for paying for water usage?

At this time PPV homes are not individually metered for water therefore the RECP excludes water. Water conservation is very important because excess usage drains funds from the PPV project. You can expect to see the property manager promote water conservation initiatives in your PPV housing area even though the homes are not individually metered.


If this is a Department of Navy program, do I have to participate if I am in another branch of Service?

All military members, regardless of branch of Service, living in Navy and Marine Corps PPV housing must sign a lease that requires the resident to participate in RECP. The Army and Air Force are transferring responsibility for payment of utilities to residents that live in their privatized housing much like the Navy and Marines Corps.


How can I reduce my energy usage in PPV housing?


The easiest way to reduce your energy usage is by regulating your thermostat to minimize heating and or cooling requirements. Wise use of hot water, lighting and appliances can also contribute significantly to energy savings. Finally, you can request the property manager perform an energy audit to identify energy savings strategies specific to your home.


Is there a waiver policy if a member in my family has a medical circumstance that requires us to use more electricity?

Yes. All military personnel and their dependents applying for or living in privatized housing are eligible to apply for a waiver or an exemption to the requirements of the RECP.

Military residents or applicants of Navy privatized housing required to consume significant amounts of electricity and/or gas as a direct result of their unique medical circumstances that requires use of a qualifying life-support device and/or medically necessary additional heating or cooling may request a waiver from participation in the RECP by submitting a waiver request consistent with Navy guidance. Wounded Warriors are exempt from the RECP upon request. See RECP Waiver Forms.


What utility rate will I be charged when living in PPV housing?

You will be charged the same rate the PPV partner is charged to provide utilities to your home. The rate will be included on your bill and is available at any time by contacting your PPV property manager. Sometimes the utilities are provided by the supporting Installation for the PPV project and other times it will be the rate from a 3rd party utility provider. By law, the PPV partner is not allowed to charge you a higher rate than they pay for utilities.

Learn More About the Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP)

 

Department of Navy Temporarily Suspends RECP Program

The Secretary of Defense and Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Installation, Energy and Facilities) have issued the orderly suspension of the Resident Energy Conservation Program in compliance with the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.  The Department of the Navy (DON) has directed Navy privatized (PPV) housing project companies suspend the live billing of the resident energy conservation program (RECP). This will be effective at the end of the current utility billing cycle or if the current billing cycle ends within a week that Partners will suspend at the end of the next billing cycle.  The Navy is coordinating with the project companies to define the period of the last RECP billing period.

As a result, residents of Navy PPV housing in the RECP may receive one or more billing statements that may include rebates and also continue to have the responsibility to pay for charges included in their billing statements.  The Navy is working with the project companies to define the timeframe for when earned rebates will be issued to residents and final payments are due.

While RECP is suspended, residents will continue to receive a mock billing statement that shows their individual usage.  During mock billing, residents will not actually earn a rebate or have a bill to pay.  The statement will show whether they would have earned a rebate, been in the normal usage band, or issued a bill if RECP was in effect.

The RECP suspension is temporary, and the DON intends to reinstitute the program at individual installations upon certification from the Secretary of Defense that 100 percent of that installation’s PPV housing units are individually and accurately metered to measure energy usage of the housing unit.

If residents have any questions about the RECP program they should contact the third-party utility billing company, the local PPV property manager, or their installation Navy Housing Service Center (HSC).

 

Congress suspended the RECP - How will my family be affected by the suspension of RECP?

Once the RECP program has been suspended (after the last billing cycle), military families living in privatized Navy Housing will continue to have their utility usage metered and monitored. You may also receive a “mock” bill to provide you information on your utility usage. However, no families will receive a rebate or be required to pay a bill during mock billing. Residents of privatized housing who have a credit for rebates that have not been paid out will receive a payment from the privatized company. Residents with an outstanding bill must still pay that balance. If you have any questions about your billing statement go to your billing company, property manager, or the Navy HSC.

 

Will the RECP suspension end and if so, when?

The RECP suspension requires the Navy to validate all homes are with properly working and accurate meters.  The Navy is awaiting guidance from the Office of the Secretary of Defense about what standards are required for validation and upon receipt the Navy will pass to the project companies for compliance.  OSD will provide all approvals of the restart of the RECP and residents will be provided advance notice before live billing restarts that will require payments or offer rebates.

 

What if I have a question about my bill – how do I get help?

Residents with questions about their bill should go to their utility billing company, property manager or the Navy HSC for help.

 

Why did the Navy decide to start RECP?

In September 1998, OSD issued a policy to transfer responsibility for the consumption of utilities from privatized (PPV) housing projects to residents. The Navy is implementing the RECP program now that most PPV homes are individually metered. Research shows that residents use 20+% less in utilities when they are directly responsible for utility usage Payments. The RECP helps to bring PPV resident utility usage in line with usage in private communities, and results in savings that will be reinvested to improve PPV community quality of life.

 

How does this program work?

The RECP establishes Like-Type Groups (LTG) 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.

 

How do Sailors, Marines and their families benefit from RECP?

Any RECP generated conservation and cost savings are reinvested into the PPV project for funding future project costs to maintain high quality housing and neighborhoods. A very small amount of the savings are shared with the PPV owner per cost-sharing percentage as negotiated in business agreements.

 

How is my usage target determined?

Your house will be combined with other housing units into LTG of metered homes that have similar characteristics that affect home energy performance such as the square footage, age, and condition of the home. Each month the average usage of utilities for the LTG are developed with a 10% buffer above and below the average to create a Normal Usage Band. Residents with usage above the Normal Usage Band will pay for the excess and those using less than the Normal Usage Band will receive a rebate for their savings.

 

What if there is an extremely hot or cold month?

The Normal Usage Band is calculated anew each month using with other occupied homes in the same like type group that experience the same weather conditions.

 

Can I get information about my Like Type Group LTG?

Yes, your billing company, property manager, or Navy HSC can provide you with that information.

 

How will this program affect my Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)?

There will be no impact to the BAH allowance.

 

Isn’t a utility allowance already part of my BAH?

Yes. An allowance for “normal” utilities is a part of the BAH. BAH includes an allowance for the following utilities: 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 use utilities wisely. If you conserve and use utilities wisely within the normal range, you will have no out-of-pocket utility expense and with a little extra effort could be eligible for a utilities rebate.

 

How does billing work?

Every month residents will receive a monthly statement that shows how their usage compares to the Normal Usage Band for their specific like type group. Residents who use less than the Normal Usage Band will accrue a credit or rebate and residents who use more than the upper Normal Usage Band will pay for excess consumption

 

Does this program mean I have to pay a utility bill every month?

No. 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. If you are within the Normal Usage Band there is no action required.

 

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 utility usage report including the amount of the rebate earned. When the accumulated rebate exceeds $25 the property manager will issue a check to the resident. 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 be notified monthly and will make payment whenever the total owed exceeds $25.

 

How do I know that my utility usage report is correct?

Your monthly utility usage report is based on the actual recorded readings of individual utility meters on your home. The PPV project company hires a utility billing expert to collect information from the meters and develop a usage report for each home. The billing company expert and the Navy monitor the accuracy of monthly billing. If you feel there are inaccuracies on your bill, please contact your property manager for review. As always, you can also contact your Navy HSC for any RECP questions or concerns.

 

How can I be sure my home is energy efficient?

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 there is a large, unexpected change in your usage, we recommend requesting the PPV property manager perform an energy audit of your home.

 

If my neighbor in the same like type group has a more efficient kitchen appliance, does that entitle me to new appliances?

In most cases all homes in the same like type group will have the same appliances however typically the like type group will not change due to different kitchen appliances. However, if a home has different heating or air conditioning systems or water heaters they will not be in the same like type group.

 

We have two children in our family and live in a 3-BR home. Many of our neighbors do not have children. Will the monthly usage average for our LTG be skewed?

The rent for PPV homes is typically the BAH rate. BAH does not vary depending upon family size. Families are placed in homes appropriate for the size of the family and only similar homes will be included in average calculations.

 

What happens if I don’t pay on time? Will late payments affect my credit?

Residents 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 your credit. The PPV partnership will work with you to arrange payment plans if you need help making payments.

 

Am I responsible for paying for water usage?

At this time PPV homes are not individually metered for water therefore the RECP excludes water. Water conservation is very important because excess usage drains funds from the PPV project. You can expect to see the property manager promote water conservation initiatives in your PPV housing area even though the homes are not individually metered.

 

If this is a Department of Navy program, do I have to participate if I am in another branch of Service?

All military members, regardless of branch of Service, living in Navy and Marine Corps PPV housing must sign a lease that requires the resident to participate in RECP. The Army and Air Force are transferring responsibility for payment of utilities to residents that live in their privatized housing much like the Navy and Marines Corps.

 

How can I reduce my energy usage in PPV housing?

The easiest way to reduce your energy usage is by regulating your thermostat to minimize heating and or cooling requirements. Wise use of hot water, lighting and appliances can also contribute significantly to energy savings. Finally, you can request the property manager perform an energy audit to identify energy savings strategies specific to your home.

 

Is there a waiver policy if a member in my family has a medical circumstance that requires us to use more electricity?

Yes. All military personnel and their dependents applying for or living in privatized housing are eligible to apply for a waiver or an exemption to the requirements of the RECP.

Military residents or applicants of Navy privatized housing required to consume significant amounts of electricity and/or gas as a direct result of their unique medical circumstances that requires use of a qualifying life-support device and/or medically necessary additional heating or cooling may request a waiver from participation in the RECP by submitting a waiver request consistent with Navy guidance.

Wounded Warriors are exempt from the RECP upon request. See RECP Waiver Process for more information.

 

What utility rate will I be charged when living in PPV housing?

Your billing rate will based on what the PPV partner is charged to provide utilities to your home. The rate will be included on your bill and is available at any time by contacting your PPV property manager. Sometimes the utilities are provided by the supporting Installation for the PPV project and other times it will be the rate from a 3rd party utility provider. By law, the PPV partner is not allowed to charge you a higher rate than they pay for utilities.

 

Do civilians have to pay for utilities when they live in PPV housing?

Yes civilians have to pay unless the home is unmetered or a bill cannot be accurate for any reason.  Typically PPV project companies require civilian residents to pay all of their utility usage and do not include any utilities in the rent like for military residents in PPV. 

 

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