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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
April 29, 2009

Find the Energy Star, Skip the Tax
Sales Tax Holiday Helps Consumers Save Money on Energy Efficient Appliances

(Austin) — Thinking about replacing your old energy-zapping refrigerator or washing machine? The second-annual Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday may be the extra incentive you need.

Consumers who have delayed buying a new, energy-efficient air conditioner, dishwasher or other major appliance may want to consider making a purchase over Memorial Day weekend, when Texans have the opportunity to cash in not once, but twice, on energy efficient products.

“It’s a great deal for consumers who will not only save at the register, but also at home, where they’ll see the benefits returned in energy savings on their utility bills,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said. “Texas benefits from conserving energy and natural resources.”

During the three-day tax holiday, which runs May 23–25, Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes when they purchase certain energy-efficient appliances and other household equipment bearing an Energy Star label. Shoppers can expect to save about $3 million overall in state and local sales taxes during the event, which is patterned after the annual Sales Tax Holiday on clothing and shoes in mid-August.

The Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday applies only to the following appliances and household equipment: air conditioners priced less than $6,000, refrigerators priced less than $2,000, ceiling fans, incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs, clothes washers, dishwashers, dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats, along with installation and delivery charges for these products.

More information about the tax holiday is available on the Comptroller’s Web site at http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/sales/faq_energy_star.html. More information about Energy Star products can be found at www.energystar.gov.

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