RECP helps save energy, resources

2 Oct 2012 | Lance Cpl. Nik S. Phongsisattanak

Patrons living in military housing areas will be receiving a mock electricity bill to help them gauge and see the amount of electricity used each month. The mock billing period is from Oct. 2 through Dec. 31.

The Residential Energy Conservation Program is an effort implemented by Headquarters Marine Corps, and is also part of the Department of Defense’s goal of reducing energy consumption in the United States by 20 percent. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is the last Marine Corps Installation to implement this program.

“Lincoln Military Housing recognizes the importance of energy conservation to our country’s future and to our national security, and is proud to support the (RECP) initiative,” said Jarl Bliss, the president of LMH.

Residents will only have to pay an electric bill every month if they have excess usage. Those who use less than the lower utility usage buffer will receive a rebate. There is a 10 percent plus-or-minus buffer around the utility usage target to account for variables such as different family sizes and types of appliances. Heroes Manor homes are Energy Star 2 efficiency certified, according to LMH officials.

With RECP, service members and their families help lessen the consumption energy and resources, and also play a part in conserving the ecosystem.

According to Atlantic Marine Corps Communities, money saved will be funneled into AMCC projects in the form of capital reinvestments such as new housing and quality-of-life programs.

The program was established to encourage wiser use of utilities. Members of the community will play an important part in this green effort.

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune will be conducting a town hall brief for LMH residents of Heroes Manor Nov. 1.

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AMCC will host events, such as the October Spookfest, where they will answer resident questions. Residents will also be invited to sign their new leases for RECP at the Spookfest event.

AMCC representatives will be available:

Wednesday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Tarawa Terrace Community Center

Thursday, Oct. 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bicentennial Community Center

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