The Department of the Navy Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP) seeks to achieve energy efficiency in military family housing, where utility usage has historically been higher than for those living in off-Base communities. The more energy-conscious residents become, the lower utility costs become, making more funds available to improve homes and communities. Data shows utility usage is reduced by 20% or more when families assume responsibility for consumption.
How does the program work?
Like-Type Groups (LTG) are created by grouping homes with similar characteristics that affect home energy performance. These criteria include square footage, number of bedrooms, location, and age of the structures. Each month, the average electricity usage for each LTG is developed; this average is known as the “baseline.” 10% buffers are added above and below the baseline to create a “normal usage band.” Resident’s whose usage exceeds the normal usage band incur a charge for use above the band; residents whose use falls below the normal usage band receive a rebate.
Who can I reach out to for my LTG information?
LTG information is provided on the monthly utility statement. The utility billing company can provide this information, as can the district housing office.
How does the program incentivize good energy habits?
Residents who use less than the normal usage band will accrue a credit or refund, and residents who use more than the upper normal usage band incur a charge for excess consumption.
What are the average payments and refunds?
About 38% of the families get a refund on their monthly utility bill, about 28% are in the average usage band, and about 33% pay an overage. Average payments in all areas except Hawaii average $35 while refunds average $25.
How can I reduce my energy usage in base housing?
- Turn lights, appliances, electronics, and other electricity consuming items off when not in use.
- Regulate your thermostat to minimum heating and cooling requirements.
- Do not use appliances which are against the base order (like window air conditioning units).
- Request an energy audit by going to www.lincolnrecp.com and filling out the survey.
Items that can use significant energy
- Air Conditioners
- Deep Freezers
- Space Heaters
- High-End Electronics
- Heat Lamps