Sarasota County - Get Energy Smart Retrofit Loan Program

March 22, 2012


City of North Port loan funds have been fully committed and are no longer available to residents.  Residents of Unincorporated Sarasota County will be put on a waiting list and will be notified when their application will be accepted.

Sarasota County offers the Get Energy Smart Retrofit Loan Program to residents of Sarasota County and the City of North Port. In order to qualify for a loan, the total household income of the residents of the home must be less than 140% of median income for Sarasota County. Income guidelines are based on the number of people in the home. A full list of eligibility requirements can be found in the program guidelines. Funds can be used for lighting retrofits, Energy Star appliances, insulation, duct repair and sealing, high efficiency air conditioners and heat pumps, solar attic fans, and solar water heaters, and any other items recommended by a home energy auditor. Interested, qualified residents should apply online. Once approved, the applicant must obtain three informal bids or estimates from Participating Contractors, select an auditor, and have an audit performed. Qualified applicants can receive up to a $500 rebate to help with the cost of the audit. Funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Florida
Incentive Type: Loan Program
Web Site:
Administrator: Sarasota County
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Clothes Washers
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerators/Freezers
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Water Heaters
  • Lighting
  • Furnaces
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Duct/Air sealing
  • Building Insulation
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Roofs
Maximum Loan: $5000 Loan
Loan Term: 0% Deferred Loan
If the home is sold, transferred, or no longer occupied by the owner, the balance of the funds will be recaptured and returned to the revolving loan fund.


Name: Debra Figueroa
Organization: Sarasota County
Address: PO Box 1058
Sarasota FL 34230
Phone: (800) 342-5375

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.