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News Release from Comptroller Susan Combs

For Immediate Release
May 16, 2011

Save on Appliances During ENERGY STAR® Sales Tax Holiday

(AUSTIN) —Texas Comptroller Susan Combs says Memorial Day weekend is a great time for Texans to replace old, inefficient appliances during the fourth annual ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday, May 28-30.

“Much of Texas is currently suffering from severe drought, and summertime temperatures have arrived early, reminding us of the need to conserve Texas’ precious resources,” Combs said. “You can save water and energy by purchasing efficient, ENERGY STAR appliances. And during the ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday, you won’t pay state or local sales taxes on your new appliances.”

The tax break applies to ENERGY STAR rated air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less; refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less; ceiling fans; compact fluorescent light bulbs; clothes washers; dishwashers; dehumidifiers; and programmable thermostats. “The ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday is a great opportunity for consumers to save twice on energy efficient appliances,” Combs said. “You will pay no sales tax and also save on your monthly utility bills.”

The current estimated annual energy and water savings for eligible products are as follows.

ENERGY STAR® Appliance/Product vs. Conventional

Appliance Type Energy Savings Water savings
Central Air Conditioners 30%  
Room/Window Air Conditioners 10%  
Refrigerators 20%  
Ceiling Fans 50%  
Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs 75%  
Clothes Washers 37% 50%
Dish Washers 20% 33%
Dehumidifiers 15%  

Source: U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Products that qualify for the sales tax exemption will display the ENERGY STAR logo on the appliance, the packaging or the Energy Guide label. More information about the tax holiday is available at www.texaspowerfulsmart.org. For details on ENERGY STAR products, visit www.energystar.gov.

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