DIY energy and water use audit kits available at area libraries
SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County is now offering do-it-yourself (DIY) energy and water use audit kits for checkout at Sarasota County libraries.
"The kits and the accompanying Home Energy and Water Evaluation Guide have been created to provide area residents with a simple and economical way to evaluate their home energy and water use," said Lee Hayes Byron, Sarasota County Sustainability. "Plus, users can learn about more ways they can save resources and money."
The kits are a part of the Sarasota County Energy Upgrade program, which provides residents with various levels of information on residential resource-saving opportunities.
The program's website, www.EnergyUpgradeToday.com, offers in-depth, room-by-room energy-saving tips, in-person workshops, Family Sustainability Kits and other resources.
The DIY audit kit available at county libraries is intended to serve those residents who have already gone beyond those first-level actions 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, said Byron.
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.
"Residents may choose to focus on only one or the other for now, or to address both at the same time. The two sections are designed to function independently to allow you that flexibility," said Byron. "The kit and guide, however, are not intended to be a replacement for professional services. Our residents' safety is a top priority; so if they don't feel comfortable performing a guided task during the evaluation then they should stop the process."
The kits, which offer tools for residences to learn more about saving money on their electric and water bills while lessening their impact on the environment, include: Items to Return to the Library:
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
Kill A Watt Meters (three)
Items You May Keep:
Reusable Shopping Bag
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb
Outlet Insulating Gaskets (four per kit)
Flip Switch Insulating Gaskets (four 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
For more information about the kits and accompanying guide, visit the link below, or call the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000.