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Energy Coach Volunteers

Our Energy Coach volunteers attend a five-session course to learn energy- and water-saving techniques to aid low-income residents through educational programming and energy sweeps. The training for Energy Coaches includes low- and no-cost energy upgrade options, energy equity, and introductory courses in solar energy and green building.

Energy Coaches are community members that are passionate about helping others and making Sarasota County more sustainable. To learn more and enroll in our next training, or if you are a low-income resident interested in attending an Energy Upgrade workshop or having an energy evaluation performed at your home, email

Steps to Energy Savings

The less energy you use...the more money you save. But that's just the beginning. Enjoy other important benefits by improving your home's energy efficiency including:

  • Increase your home's comfort year-round
  • Add to your home's value
  • Protect Sarasota County's environment
  • Lead the County to a more sustainable future
Use the information here to help you save money. You can download the Energy Saving Checklists and make a customized list of the tips most relevant for your home.
Choose which improvements you will implement, estimate the possible savings and then mark them off as you complete the improvements.
There are four checklists that vary based on the cost of the improvements.

Do-it Yourself Energy and Water Audit Kit

Energy audit backpack kitSarasota 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!

Use 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.

Family Sustainability Kit

Family Sustainability KitSarasota County is offering Family Sustainability Kits, available for checkout through Sarasota County Libraries. 

Kits are designed as a fun, interactive family activity to help your child understand the concepts of conservation, stewardship and sustainability (suggested for use with children ages 4-10). 

The kit includes materials for you to use and then return to the library as well as some items that you can keep to use at home. Visit the library catalogue to reserve your kit today!

They include books, a CD of songs and Go Green flash cards that get returned to the library, as well as a reusable bag of Do It Yourself energy and water saving materials that families can keep to begin making a difference in their homes right away. 

The Do It Yourself Bags include an ENERGY STAR compact fluorescent light bulb, WaterSense faucet aerator, wall switch and outlet insulating gaskets, and for the kids; stickers, temporary tattoos, water cycle wristband, and materials for continuous learning.

Sustainability: it’s all about our future.
Some of the ideas introduced in these materials include:

  • A connection to the natural world
  • An understanding of how natural and human systems are interdependent
  • The role of the environment and families in sustaining our well-being
  • Opportunities to make choices that will have a lower impact on the environment, society and economy
  • Sustainable living does not mean sacrificing, just making conscious decisions about what we need.

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