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Edition: Fri, April 22, 2005
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

[Soldiers] deserve a healthy environment in which they and their families can live safely. We must nurture the environment with an eye toward partnerships so that our neighbors understand and support our mission.



Earth Day Message from the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army.

TODAY'S FOCUS

Energy Conservation and the "Utility Mock Billing" Plan

Soldiers in selected privatized housing will receive mock bills starting in June, showing their utilities use/consumption, but will not have to pay any out-of-pocket expense. The mock bills will begin arriving in June.

The mock utility billing program will gauge energy consumption at the following installations for a year:

Fort Carson, Colo.
Fort Hood, Texas
Fort Meade, Md.
Fort Lewis, Wa.
Fort Campbell, Ky.

Three additional installations are scheduled to begin participating in the mock utility billing program later this year:

Fort Bragg, N.C.
Fort Stewart, Ga.
Fort Belvoir, Va.

Only new and fully renovated houses will receive the mock bills, as these homes are energy efficient, or "energy-star" compliant.

Eventually, military families living in privatized housing on post will become responsible for their utilities. Actual utility billing will probably take place in mid 2006 after average consumption rates are computed.

When actual billing begins, families that use less than the average rate will earn a rebate or credit. Those who use more will pay the difference. Those who conserve can save money.

Mock billing will help residents track their usage and consumption patterns. Along with the mock bills this year, families will also receive monthly energy tips and training on how to be more energy efficient.

If Soldiers and their families use utilities in a conscientious manner, their BAH should cover all costs -- rent and utilities -- in privatized housing.

CALENDAR

Today is Army Earth Day.

Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22. Last year, the U.S. Army celebrated Earth Day at approximately 200 major commands, installations and organizations in the continental United States, Hawaii, Korea, Japan, Italy and Germany.

Learn more about Army Earth Day at the U.S. Army Environmental Center Web site.

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