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Learn how to save energy and money, get DIY Energy Saving Kit at free workshop

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SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County is serious about saving money, conserving energy and protecting our environment. Residents can benefit from the county's sustainability expertise by attending a free 30-minute Energy Upgrade workshop that will provide information, tips and materials to help them identify opportunities to save money, energy and water in their home. The workshop discusses cost saving strategies for residents ranging from no-cost solutions to those that may require some investment and possible incentives that might be available.

Get a free Do It Yourself Energy Saving Kit, a $30 value, at one of Sarasota County's upcoming Energy Upgrade workshops.

In addition to the expert advice, workshop participants, whether they own or rent, also will receive a free Do It Yourself Energy Saving Kit with products valued over $30 to start saving energy now (limit one per household). Reducing a home's energy use can lower utility bills and provide a more comfortable living environment.

"Most homes waste a surprising amount of energy, and we want to help homeowners put those energy dollars back in their pockets," said Lee Hayes Byron, Sarasota County sustainability manager. "This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn where to start saving energy and what works best for them."

Dates and locations for upcoming free Energy Upgrade workshop:

  • 6-7 p.m. Aug. 26 at Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, Sarasota
  • 2-3 p.m. Sept. 19 at Elsie Quirk Public Library Meeting Room, Englewood
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oct. 6 at Fruitville Public Library Conference Room, Sarasota

The Energy Upgrade workshop is free; however, residents must register to attend to ensure enough DIY Energy Saving Kits are available to distribute after the workshop. Register at

For more information on the free Energy Upgrade workshops, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask about Energy Upgrade workshops, or email