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Sarasota County offers discounts on energy-saving classes for
Sarasota County offers discounts on energy-saving classes for

Sarasota, Florida -- In 2011, Sarasota County helped dozens of homeowners save money on energy costs with the Get Energy Smart Retrofit Rebate program.

Homeowners looking to make improvements in areas such as air conditioning, duct work or insulation were able to recoup some of the cost when they used a locally based, program-approved contractor.  The program also helped the local economy by increasing demand for services performed by local contractors.

In 2012, Sarasota County will again lead the way to a more energy-efficient future by offering incentives to local residents and businesses to attend a series of classes that focus on the numerous opportunities to achieve more energy efficiency in the home. Sarasota County is offering reduced class fee incentives for a limited number of local residents who register for courses at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC).

The classes provide the training and testing necessary to prepare participants to become a Certified Class 3, 2 or 1 Residential Energy Rater. Raters also can provide ratings for the EPA ENERGY STAR program. All courses will be held at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) in Cocoa, Fla. Classes are available in February and June 2012.

More information can be found online at http://www.scgov.net/Sustainability/TrainingBuilders.asp.

Local homeowners also can attend online courses such as "Achieving Zero Energy Green Homes." This online webinar training series is appropriate for homeowners, perspective homebuyers, educators, builders, contractors, designers, architects, energy raters, engineers and utility representatives.

Participants will learn the key strategies to design, build and operate a zero energy home that produces as much energy as it uses.  This course and others show participants how to maximize energy-efficient design, make the best "green" choices, and optimize performance from solar and home energy management systems.

Participants who attend 10 of the 12-course series webinars and pass a brief quiz will receive a FSEC Certificate for Zero Energy Home Building.

More information can be found online at http://www.scgov.net/Sustainability/TrainingHomewoners.asp.

For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 or visit www.scgov.net, keyword search sustainability.