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May 14, 2013

The Gilmer Mirror

(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 25, through Monday, May 27.

"Texans can save twice when purchasing energy efficient appliances during the Memorial Day weekend," Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said. "Shoppers are expected to save about $2.9 million in sales tax during the holiday, and the 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; and dehumidifiers. There is more information at:

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

Audio clips about the ENERGY STAR® Sales Tax Holiday can be found at:

ENERGY STAR® Appliance vs. Conventional
Appliance Type Energy Savings Water Savings
Central Air Conditioners 15%  
Room/Window Air Conditioners 10%  
Refrigerators 15%  
Ceiling Fans 50%  
Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs 75%  
Clothes Washers 20% 35%
Dish Washers 10% 20%
Dehumidifiers 15%  

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

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