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 Do It Yourself Energy and Water Audit Kit


Sarasota County is offering Do It Yourself (DIY) Audit Kits for checkout through Sarasota County Libraries. The Kits and corresponding Home Energy and Water Evaluation Guide have been created to provide Sarasota County homeowners with a simple and economical way to evaluate their home energy and water use and learn ways that they can save resources and money.  

This DIY Audit Kit is intended to serve those residents that have already gone beyond the first level of energy saving actions details on this website and are ready for the next step. The kit is designed for homeowners who would like to go much further into detail in analyzing their home’s energy and water use and quantifying savings. It provides a step-by-step guide, as well as the technical equipment necessary to determine specific energy and water use profiles and solutions for the home. 
The guide is broken into two sections: the Energy Audit and the Water Audit. When you check out the Kit from a library, you may choose to focus on only one or the other, or to address both at the same time. The two sections are designed to function independently to allow you that flexibility. The guide will even show you how to make sense of your utility bills, so you can get a firmer handle on how your product choices and behaviors influence the bottom line on your bills.
The kit and accompanying guide are not intended to be a replacement for professional services or advice. If at any time during the evaluation process you feel uncomfortable performing a task, stop and do not perform it! Your safety and welfare are our number one concern. 
Visit the library catalogue to reserve your kit today!
Using this Energy Evaluation Worksheet to capture your savings opportunities in the Energy Audit section of the guide. Formulas in the document will automatically calculate your results.

 What Is Included in the Do It Yourself Audit Kit?

This kit includes tools to help you evaluate your home’s energy and water use, along with reference materials to read for additional information. These items must be returned to the library within three weeks of check out, so other residents can use them. The kit also includes a reusable shopping bag containing energy and water saving devices that you can keep to begin saving money in your home now. 
Kit Items to Return to the Library
  • Backpack
  • Home Energy and Water Evaluation Guide, Sarasota County
  • Shift Your Habit: Save Money, Save the Planet, Elizabeth Rogers, 2010
  • The Blue Green Book: The Simple Water Savings Guide to Everything in Your Life, Thomas Kostigen, 2010
  • The Everything Guide to Living Off the Grid: A Back to Basics Manual for Independent Living, Terri Reid, 2011
  • Infrared Thermometer
  • Hygro Thermometer
  • Kill A Watt Meters (3)
  • Ruler
  • Tape Measure
  • Calculator
  • Shower Timer

Kit Items You May Keep:

  • Reusable Shopping Bag
  • Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb
  • Faucet Aerator
  • Outlet Insulating Gaskets (4 per kit)
  • Flip Switch Insulating Gaskets (4 per kit)
  • Water Flow Measurement Bag
  • Energy Saver booklet, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Energy Conservation Information Wheel
  • Water Conservation Information Wheel
  • Water Cycle Wristband Kit
Instructions for the use of these items in your home are included in this Fact Sheet.

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Sarasota County would like to acknowledge JEA, which provided generous access to their Energy and Water Evaluation materials

The DIY Audit Kits were made possible thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program.

This program receives funding from the US Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. 

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