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Like all Navy and Marine Corps Bases, Camp Pendleton participates in the Residential Energy Conservation Program (RECP).


The Resident Energy Conservation Program is the result of a Department of Defense (DOD) initiative that has been implemented in all Public-Private Venture (PPV) family housing units aboard all Marine Corps installations. RECP supports the Marine Corps’ energy strategy by encouraging energy conservation and reducing electricity costs.

RECP helps align base housing utility use with usage in private communities. The more energy-efficient residents are, the more money is saved and reinvested to improve base housing communities. Research shows that residents use over 20 percent less in utilities when they are directly responsible for utility Usage vs. Payments.

It is up to residents to determine what is acceptable energy usage based on their personal lifestyle choices.

Residents within plus or minus 10 percent of the average usage for their type home will have no cost impact. Residents using less energy than the plus or minus 10 percent average will be rewarded with cash or credit towards future bills. Residents using more energy than the plus or minus 10 percent average are billed for that usage in excess of the normal usage buffer zone.

Savings generated by RECP are reinvested into housing communities to improve homes, playgrounds, community centers, and quality of life for service-members and their families.

Housing officials continue to review housing areas, and are also conducting energy audits of those homes with higher than average usage to assist in helping residents lower their bills.


Of the over 7500 homes on Camp Pendleton, two-thirds receive a rebate or pay nothing each month; the remaining homes pay on average $35 a month.


Approximately 90 percent of utility complaints are resolved by simply educating residents on the program. When residents are out of the normal range for energy usage, housing officials engage with education, energy audits and equipment calibration if needed. When equipment is found to be operating inefficiently, the resulting bill is often waived once repairs are affected, to include refunds if appropriate.


Headquarters Marine Corps RECP Guidance allows Wounded Warriors and Registered Exceptional Family Members (EFM) members living in privatized housing who consume significant amounts of electricity as a direct result of their unique medical circumstances to request a waiver. Waiver requests must be submitted through the EFMP office or the Wounded Warrior Bn.

Part of the Marine Corps Energy Ethos is education. We are partnering with Lincoln Military Housing, Hunt Communities, and YES Energy Management to ensure base residents have access to information about responsible energy use and to know how to request assistance. We strongly feel that energy conservation has both direct and indirect impacts on mission-readiness.


View the video or check out the menu at the top right of the page to learn more about the program.  For general housing questions or additional assistance contact the Base Housing office at 760-725-5995 or email at 

Military families go green while saving green

Energy conservation has become a matter of mission-readiness for Marine Corps installations. Simply stated, improving energy efficiency aboard military installations allows the service to maximize funding available for investment in future operational capabilities. But at the core of “going green” is the motivation to reduce both greenhouse gases and dependence on foreign oil.

Camp Pendleton remains on the energy ethos forefront by integrating new green technology and energy education for service members on the job. But what about their families in base housing?

In recent years, the Department of the Navy embraced the energy conservation concept for all Navy and Marine Corps housing units.

In 2012, Marines and their families living on Camp Pendleton were introduced to the Department of the Navy’s Resident Energy Conservation Program (RECP). Engineers began re-wiring all of the neighborhoods for individual billing and residents began receiving mock bills from Yes Energy that showed their energy usage. The goal of the program was to reduce energy usage in Public Private Venture housing here on Camp Pendleton currently managed by Lincoln Military Housing and Hunt Companies.

So how did RECP aim to meet this goal? In general terms, the program helps incentivize families to make better energy choices while living on base by charging for excessive energy use and giving rebates to those living more energy-efficiently. However, in an effort to be fair to all families and not compare apples to oranges, RECP categorizes homes into what is referred to as Like Type Groups. These groupings are based on factors like square footage, what year the home was built and the type of home that was being grouped. This way, a large 4 bedroom single-family home is not compared with a smaller 2 bedroom duplex.

To ensure reasonable energy use expectations are set among these Like Type Groups, RECP measures the usage of all homes in the group and takes the average, adding 10 percent above and below as buffers, determining this as the Normal Usage Band. All unoccupied homes are removed from that calculation.

A home that exceeds the Normal Usage Band will pay only for the overage and not for their full energy use. It’s a large savings when you consider what families pay for utilities living off-base. Of course, Basic Allowance for Housing use is up to the service member and the choices they decide to make about where and how they live. Fortunately, many service members are proving to make great choices when it comes to energy use.

With billing now live in most housing areas aboard Camp Pendleton, base residents are reducing energy use up to 32 percent. An average of 66 percent of families fell at or under the Normal Usage Band, many receiving rebates. Not only does their contribution to energy conservation fall right in line with the broader Marine Corps’ energy ethos, they can also enjoy a great break on their utility bills.

These savings extend beyond individual families and benefit neighborhoods by allowing for more appliance updates in individual homes as well as communities by putting money into playgrounds, basketball courts, swimming pools and community centers.

Since Yes Energy began monitoring individual home energy use in 2012, the average amount of kilowatt usage per month has gone from 700 to under 600 across all Like Type Groups. Marines, Sailors and their families are not only saving money, they are contributing significantly to a greener footprint.

Family Housing at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is standing by to assist families with questions about how RECP affects their individual situations. Please feel free to contact Family Housing at or call 760-725-5995 for more information.

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