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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
May 19, 2008

Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday Offers Tax Break
on Energy Efficient Household Equipment

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today reminded Texans that energy efficient household appliances carrying the Energy Star label will be tax free during Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26. Shoppers who take advantage of the tax break are expected to save about $2.6 million in state and local sales taxes.

“The Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday rewards Texans for choosing the most energy efficient appliances available and helping conserve the state’s vital energy resources,” Combs said. “Appliances that have earned the Energy Star label from the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency use 10-50 percent less energy and water than other models.”

The Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday applies only to the following appliances and household equipment: air conditioners priced less than $6,000, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs, programmable thermostats, refrigerators priced less than $2,000 and clothes washers, but not clothes dryers. Energy Star does not label clothes dryers, because most models use about the same amount of energy.

To qualify for the sales tax exemption, the Energy Star logo must appear on the appliance, the packaging or the Energy Guide label. Full details about the Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday are available on the Comptroller’s Web site at www.window.state.tx.us. More information about Energy Star products, including specific brands and models of qualifying appliances and household equipment, is available at www.energystar.gov.

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