Conservation will pay, waste will cost under coming energy program - Quantico Sentry Online: News

Email Facebook Mobile RSS

Conservation will pay, waste will cost under coming energy program

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 4:53 pm | Updated: 1:43 pm, Sun Feb 16, 2014.

The Resident Energy Conservation Program that will go into effect at Quantico base housing next year is a program directed by the Office of the Secretary of Defense aimed at increasing energy efficiency and conservation in privatized housing units.

Beginning in April 2013, average monthly energy consumption for similarly sized houses in each neighborhood is determined each month, and residents pay for electricity if they use more than 10 percent above the average. Those who conserve more than 10 percent below the average get a rebate. Those within 10 percent of the average will neither pay nor receive refunds. Averages will change from month to month.

“It’s all about conserving our resources, changing our behavior,” said Oscar Almond, Quantico’s Family Housing Branch head.

The program was piloted at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C.; Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.; and Marine Corps Base Hawaii between August 2010 and the beginning of this year.

Currently, the Basic Allowance for Housing covers all gas and electricity costs for base residents, which leaves little incentive to conserve energy, Almond said.

Between October and December, Quantico will hold town hall meetings and conduct other outreach to inform residents of the program, Almond said. Then, from January through March, tenants will receive what he calls “consumption reports,” telling them whether they would have paid or received anything under the program that month, and how much. “It will be like a sample bill,” said Almond.

Actual billing and refunding will begin April 1.

The money saved is then to be reinvested in the neighborhoods, in capital improvements, amenities and other quality-of-life programs.

Lincoln Military Housing pays the base for electricity each month, Almond said. “What the government is hoping is that that cost will go down, which will save that partner money and they can take that and use it in the community.”

Residents have already received a letter notifying them of the impending change to their lease agreements.

Writer: mdicicco@quanticosentryonline.com

More about

More about

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

Top Shot of the Week

Icy Chopawamsic Creek

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. — The sub-freezing temperatures in the last week have caused Chopawamsic Creek to freeze over, as seen in this photo from Feb. 23, 2015. It has not been cold enough for a long enough period of time to make the creek, or any other body of water in the Quantico area, safe enough to walk on.

12:00 pm | See more

Follow us on Facebook