FORT HOOD (June 29, 2012)--Beginning Sunday, all residents of Fort Hood family housing will begin receiving "mock" utility bills for six months and then will be required to foot the bill themselves.
The Resident Pay Utility Program mandate was established by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and holds soldiers and their families responsible for utility usage.
For the next six months, Fort Hood family housing will send out bills so that residents can get an idea of their usage and cost, but will not be required to pay them until notified to do so.
The purpose of the mandate, according to the FHFH website, is to reward soldiers financially who conserve as well as to reinvest the money into housing units.
The new policy is not a Fort Hood family housing program and it isn’t a profitable program for the Army, FHFH or Lend Lease, the website says.
The program works by grouping the housing unit with other houses of like-type, called a profile.
Profiles that are similar in construction, age, heating and cooling systems, water heating and square footage will help calculate the baseline.
According to FHFH, there are 145 different profiles within the 6,430 homes on Fort Hood.
"Each home's actual consumption is then applied against the baseline to determine whether that home will receive a remittance request to pay a specific amount, a no action statement, or receive a rebate," the website explains.
For more information, call FHFH at (254) 287-4212.