FORT HOOD (December 18, 2012)--Residents of Fort Hood will have to start watching their electricity consumption starting in January to make sure they don't go over a new designated baseline.
If they do, then they’ll receive bills for the overage.
On the other hand, if their use falls below the baseline, they could receive rebates.
For the past six months, Fort Hood Family Housing sent out mock bills so residents can get an idea of their usage and cost.
The program is the product of the Defense Department’s Resident Pay Utility Program or RPUP, the goal of which is to reduce energy consumption.
Money saved as a result of the changes will be reinvested in housing for soldiers and their families, the military says.
Army wife Erika Fischbach and her family of four have never had to worry about how much electricity they're using until now.
"Living on post, it was a custom to not be concerned with…your electricity usage,” Fischbach said.