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- August 17th – School Starts
I would like to introduce you and your family to the Resident Energy Conservation Program. This is an Air Force program in which military members, military families and civilian employees are encouraged to be more conscious of the energy you use and how your actions can affect the environment.
The Resident Energy Conservation Program is an Air Force energy conservation program congressionally supported by a Department of Defense policy which holds residents of privatized housing responsible for their utility usage. This program helps residents “Go Green” by becoming accountable for their gas and electric bills.
This Air Force program places the responsibility for utility consumption on each resident. A monthly energy baseline is calculated by averaging the energy consumption of occupied “like homes” on the installation. The established average baseline is covered by the utility component of the service member’s basic allowance for housing (BAH). This is a rolling average which is recalculated monthly. This average will be used to establish that month’s actual credit or bill. Those who consume energy conservatively may earn a rebate. Those who choose to use energy less conservatively may be billed for their “excess” consumption.
In order to manage this more efficiently, payment of bills and credits will be subject to a minimum trigger point of $50. If the amount owed to you as a credit or by you as a bill is less than $50, that amount will accrue to the next month. Once any amount owed by you or to you is $50 or greater, a bill will be generated or a rebate check will be issued.
Starting Oct. 1, there will be a three-month “mock billing” period in which residents will receive a consumption report, but will not be required to take action. Additionally, refunds will not be distributed at this time. This period will be used to ensure all meters are working properly and the groupings are as fair as possible. The first “live bill” will be distributed in Feb. 2017 for Jan. 2017 utility usage. I encourage you to use the “mock billing” period to monitor your homes utility usage in order to make any necessary adjustments prior to receiving your first “live bill.”
We will be conducting a Resident Town Hall at 6:30 pm on August 4th, 2016 at the base theater building 520. Please join us as we discuss the details of this program and we answer any questions you may have.
Congratulations to the Allen Family for winning July Yard of the Month. To nominate a yard for Yard of the Month, please contact your community office.
With summer coming to a close and the start of a new school year right around the corner, parents are preparing their children for a variety of changes. This year while tackling your normal routine of back to school shopping, we encourage you to discuss school bullying with your children. Read more…
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly a third of all children report having been bullied in school. Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive or covert behaviors. Bullying can occur in the form of verbal, social or physical harassment.
Research today shows bullying has significant short and long term effects that impact the education, health and safety of our children. As a parent, it is important to understand the dynamics of bullying, and the warning signs bullied children may exhibit.
Warning signs of bullying:
- Loss of interest in school
- Suddenly prefers adult company
- Sudden behavior changes
- Sleep problems
- Depression or self-harm
- Suicidal ideation
Tips for Parents:
- Parents play a vital role in preventing bullying and recognizing the signs of bullying.
- Talk to your kids about bullying
- Keep open lines of communication
- Establish responsible use of technology and social media
- Model kindness and respect in the home
If you would like more information on bullying check out the following resources:
How can you beat the heat this summer? Avoid using heat generating appliances during the hottest part of the day! Things such as your clothes dryer, oven and dish washer can all generate a lot of heat, which can make it harder to cool your home.