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May 12, 2014

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 24, through Monday, May 26.

"This is a great opportunity for Texans looking for ways to stretch their family budgets," Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said. "Shoppers can save money up front by not having to pay sales tax when buying appliances during the holiday weekend and the energy efficient products can help reduce utility bill costs."

Shoppers are expected to save an estimated $3.8 million in state and local sales tax during the Memorial Day sales tax holiday.

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; dishwashers; dehumidifiers; and clothes washers. There is more information at: http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx96_1331/.

Estimated annual energy and water savings for eligible products are listed in the chart at the bottom. Clothes dryers are not ENERGY STAR® certified.

ENERGY STAR® Appliance vs. Conventional
Appliance Type Energy Savings Water Savings
Central Air Conditioners 15%
Room/Window Air Conditioners 10%
Refrigerators 15%
Ceiling Fans 60%
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs 75%
Clothes Washers 20% 35%
Dish Washers 5% 15%
Dehumidifiers 15%

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

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