Live Army Green
The Live Army Green program is the US Army's utility conservation platform, mandated by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and the Department of the Army's (DA) Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) with Congressional support. Balfour Beatty Communities, along with other privatized military housing partners, has joined forces with the US Army on a path to conserve energy and educate military housing residents on being environmental advocates. The Live Army Green Program encourages residents to use their utilities responsibly and rewards residents that are successful in lowering their monthly usage.
Additionally, your energy consumption has been adjusted based on a unique energy factor calculated for your home. The energy factor accounts for the energy efficiency variances of your home as compared to other homes in your billing group. By applying this energy factor to your monthly consumption, you are only billed for energy usage that is associated to life style and personal choice. The following factors have been assessed in determining your home's energy factor:
- Air infiltration rate: This is a measurement of the air tightness of your home. The rate is calculated using a "Blower Door Test" which measures the leaks/drafts in your home.
- Furnace efficiency: The efficiency is determined by the model and age of the furnace.
- AC efficiency: The efficiency is determined by the model and age of the air conditioning unit.
- Water heater efficiency: The efficiency is determined by the model and age of the water heater.
- Direct sunlight exposure: The amount of exposure to direct sunlight is taken into consideration as it will impact the level of cooling and heating required.
- Orientation of home: The orientation of the house is taken into consideration because it will impact the effects of the direct sunlight. Additionally, the orientation with regards to exposure to the elements will impact the efficiency of your home such as whether it is a middle unit or an end unit.
See resources below for more information.
Program Details | Program Resources | Energy Saving Resources
Purpose of the Program
The idea behind the program is that by conserving today, we will ensure a better tomorrow and by changing our habits, we can take part in changing the future. The aim is to conserve our natural resources and reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil as well as reward Service Members for their successful contribution to the conservation effort.
How the Program Works
For detailed information as to how the program works, view the Resident Utilities video. For a step-by-step process, see below.
- All new and renovated homes are metered by a third party for gas and/or electricity.
- A baseline utility consumption is determined for each resident. To determine an accurate baseline, homes are grouped based on certain attributes such as size, age and location. If you are in a non-renovated home you will be compared with other non-renovated homes, therefore you will all be billed fairly with other like homes. The average baseline is calculated monthly taking into consideration several factors including removing like homes that may be vacant. All homes are compared with like size and like build homes. Therefore, all legacy homes are compared with other legacy homes of the same size. After removing the top 5% and bottom 5%, the resulting average is considered the baseline per profile. Currently monthly usage is used for each billing and the baseline changes each month, which allows for current weather conditions to be reflected in the baseline.
- A buffer zone is determined before statements are generated. A buffer zone surrounds the baseline to provide families with the opportunity to receive a "no action required" notice on their statement, or no payment is due. Families consuming above the baseline and the additional buffer zone will receive a balance due notice on their statement, meaning a payment is due. Families conserving under the baseline and the buffer zone will receive a rebate check or reward statement for their conservation efforts.
- Monthly Conservation Statements, or billing invoices, are generated by the third party metering company and are sent to each resident's home. These statements include your meter readings, the amount of your consumption, and where you stand (including the buffer) in relation to your established baseline. The established average baseline is automatically accounted for by the utility component of the BAH.
- Residents who consume less than the baseline will be rewarded for their conservation efforts. Most communities establish Trigger Points which must be met before a rebate is issued or the balance due is collected. The amount is accrued to the next month until the trigger point is reached.
- Residents who consume more than the baseline will be responsible for the difference between their consumption and the baseline. If a resident feels that their usage statement is higher than their actual usage they may call the maintenance department and schedule an energy audit. A maintenance technician will check to make sure that there are no inefficiencies inside the home that would contribute to excessive electricity usage, i.e. an extra freezer in the garage, or AC on with the windows open.
- If you have a larger than normal sized family generally your home would be in the top 10% (highest usage homes) that would be dropped from the average. Other smaller than normal sized families would more than likely make up the bottom 10% (lowest usage homes) that would be dropped from the average. Therefore, only the average sized families, with average usage would be used to create the baseline. These baselines are established monthly.