Smart Watts Program
City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Venice of America


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Save Energy and Money with a Smart Watts Rebate

If you've been thinking about making home improvements to reduce your energy use and lower your costs, now may be the time. Fort Lauderdale residents may qualify for up to $1,000 in cash rebates for the purchase and installation of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems (HVAC), solar or gas on-demand water heaters, solar panels, ENERGY STAR® windows or doors, and insulation.

Qualifying Home Improvements

Homeowners can choose from the following permanently installed, pre-approved home improvement items that are on this list. Products must meet ENERGY STAR® qualifications (summarized below) and Florida Building Code. To learn more about ENERGY STAR products, go to and click on the "Find ENERGY STAR Products" link.



Ceiling, wall, and floor insulation – Typical bulk insulation products such as batts, rolls, blow-in fibers, rigid boards, expanding spray, and pour-in-place qualify

Central Air Conditioners

14.5 SEER or higher/12EER* or higher for split systems
14 SEER or higher/11EER* for single package equipment including gas/electric package units

Central Heating

High efficiency ENERGY STAR air-source heat pumps

  • 8.2 HSPF or higher / 14.5 SEER or higher / 12 EER* or higher for split systems
  • 8.0 HSPF or higher / 14.0 SEER or higher / 8.2 HSPF or higher for single package equipment including gas/electric package units

ENERGY STAR Doors or Windows

Must be multiple glazed, Low-E

Manufactured by ENERGY STAR partner

Solar Water Heaters

0.5 SF or higher

Warranty 10 years or higher on solar collector, 6 years on storage tank, 2 years on controls and 1 year for piping and parts

OG-300 Certification from the SRCC

Tankless Gas Water Heater

.82 EF or higher

GPM>=2.5 over a 77 degree rise

Warranty 10 years or higher on heat exchanger and 5 years on parts

ANSI Z21.10.3 / CSA 4.3

Solar Panels (Photovoltaic Systems)

Cannot be used to heat swimming pools

Eligibility Requirements

To participate in the rebate program, applicants must own and occupy the home that is being improved. The home must be located in the City of Fort Lauderdale, and it must be the primary residence. Eligibility details and additional requirements are detailed in the Rebate Program Guidelines and Application Package. There is a limit of one rebate per household.

How It Works

Residents submit a short application for program participation approval that includes an FPL Home Energy Survey report, proof of owner occupancy, the type of improvement, and a written estimate of work. At the time of approval, the City will earmark the funds needed to issue your rebate check. The program provides a 50 percent match of up to $1,000.

Approved applicants have four months to complete the work and submit a rebate request form for their check, along with the home improvement proof of purchase and permit documentation. As the rebate income is taxable, the City will also require a completed W-9 form. If an applicant does not submit the rebate request form and the supporting documentation within four months of approval, the unused funding will be reallocated to applicants who were placed on a waiting list.

Act Fast, Act Now and Get Your Program Participation Application In
The City of Fort Lauderdale Smart Watts Rebate Program is funded through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (EECBG). The EECBG is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and offered through the U.S. Department of Energy. The program will be in effect until funds are depleted, and rebates are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. So, you must act quickly.

For More Information or Questions

For additional information contact the City of Fort Lauderdale 24-Hour Customer Service at 954-828-8000 or online at