Your old appliances and energy-hogging equipment could be wasting hundreds of dollars in energy each year.
The Texas Comptroller's of Public Accounts is reminding residents to take advantage of the Texas ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday during Memorial Day Weekend.
The teax holiday allows Lone Star State residents to get a break from state and local sales taxes on the purchase of select ENERGY STAR appliances and products.
The tax holiday begins on Saturday, May 28, at 12:01 a.m. and ends on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day) at 11:59 p.m.
Texas shoppers get a break from sales taxes when they purchase 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.
The ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday applies only to the following ENERGY STAR appliances and household equipment, as listed in the state tax code:
Air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less Refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less Ceiling fans Incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs Clothes washers Dishwashers Dehumidifiers Programmable thermostats*
ENERGY STAR specification of programmable thermostats was suspended on December 31, 2009; however, any existing stock of ENERGY STAR labeled programmable thermostats offered for sale by retailers is still eligible for the exemption.
More information and frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the tax holiday are available at www.texaspowerfulsmart.org. For exemption information on associated fees, please see Delivery and Installation Charge FAQs.
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy for products that meet strict energy efficiency guidelines.
Qualifying products display the ENERGY STAR logo on the appliance, the packaging or the Energy Guide label.
Clothes dryers are not included in the sales tax holiday because they use similar amounts of energy; therefore, the program does not label clothes dryers. For details on products, visit www.energystar.gov.