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May 14, 2012

Texans Can Save Sales Tax on Energy Efficient Appliances

(AUSTIN) — The opportunity for Texans to save money on energy efficient appliances is fast approaching. The state’s annual ENERGY STAR® Sales Tax Holiday is from Saturday May 26 through Monday May 28, 2012.

“As Texans focus on their household budgets, they can save twice on energy efficient appliances purchased during Memorial Day weekend,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said. “Shoppers do not have to pay sales tax on the appliances, and those energy efficient products will also help them save on their utility bills.”

The sales tax break applies to ENERGY STAR® qualified air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less; refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less; ceiling fans; fluorescent light bulbs; clothes washers; dishwashers; dehumidifiers; and programmable thermostats.

Estimated annual energy and water savings for eligible products are as follows.

ENERGY STAR® Appliance vs. Conventional
Appliance Type Energy Savings Water Savings
Central Air Conditioners 14%
Room/Window Air Conditioners 10%
Refrigerators 20%
Ceiling Fans 50%
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs 75%
Clothes Washers 30% 50%
Dish Washers 10% 12%
Dehumidifiers 15%

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

The federal government does not apply ENERGY STAR® certification to clothes dryers. There is more information on the sales tax holiday at http://www.texaspowerfulsmart.org/incentives/taxfree.php

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