When I lived on Hunter Army Airfield almost 2 years ago they began the implementing of the Mock Billing Process. For those of you unfamiliar with this process it is when, housing monitors your electricity usage and essentially creates a baseline that will be your monthly average . When housing decides to actually began billing, you pretty much can go up to that amount without charge . If you go over you pay the difference.
For the visual: My mock bill this month was $257.53 and my average monthly use (baseline) is $229.00 so I would have paid the difference of $28.53 and that would have been what I owed. If I stayed under my average I would receive a small refund check.
So now that we have completed the math lesson let’s get to the point:
Lately alot of people living onpost are new to the mock bill situation, so I understand the concern and the freak out over it. I mean I know what your thinking. “These M%$#$ take all my BAH monthly and now you want to charge me for lights?
To that I say, Im with you in your line of thinking to a degree. Yes it bothers me that I live in new housing and while visually it’s pretty , structurally it’s shabby on top of the fact that you take over $2000 worth of BAH and now you want to charge me for lights.
On the other hand people we have to think that right now the economy is crap, in the real world people pay light bills ( so we mine as well well get use to it because it doesn’t stay this good forever) and let’s be real how long did you really think housing or the Army was was going to let us live in technically free housing with our rugrats running tv’s galore, lights on in every room (that would be us, but not on purpose) and a house full of Christmas lights (during the holidays) like Clark Griswald’s in National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. So now there charging us and yes it sucks , no it’s not fair…but we have to be willing to take some responsibility ourselves.
So I know your asking well Army Wife 101 since your a know it all what should we do if we shouldn’t be mad?
Well I am not saying don’t be mad, but what I am saying is be alittle realistic. Electricity cost and honestly I have lived offpost and I will take a $28 electric bill over a $259 bill any day. I say weigh the options before you get rattled up and also take sometime to truly understand your installations mock bill policy. You can start by visiting http://www.ista-direct.com/IstaDirect%2DArmy/
Happy Mock Billing!
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