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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Take Advantage of Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend for Energy-efficient Products


Going green can mean spending less green this weekend.

Texans can take advantage of a sales tax holiday when purchasing energy-efficient products. The sales tax holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day).

According to a prepared statement from the office of state Rep. Eddie Lucio III, House Democrats successfully fought during the 80th Legislature for positive environmental reforms, and this weekend will be the first time Texans can enjoy savings on Energy Star-qualified products.

“The purpose of the sales tax holiday is to encourage Texans to make smarter choices that can benefit you both now and in the future,” Lucio said. “Environmental issues hold a special place in my heart; please note that I will continue to give full consideration to all environmental issues during my work in the Legislature.”

Energy Star-designated appliances meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. They significantly use less energy and water.

This weekend’s Sales Tax Holiday applies to the following Energy Star products:

-Air conditioners priced under $6,000 (room and central units)
-Clothes washers;
-Ceiling fans;
-Dehumidifiers;
-Dishwashers;
-Light bulbs (incandescent and fluorescent);
-Programmable thermostats; and
-Refrigerators priced under $2,000.

These are big, big saving, both economically and environmentally, so take advantage of the tax break this weekend.

For more information about the tax holiday, visit the Texas Comptroller’s Web site at http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx98_836/.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Rio Grande V said...

Mrs. Zamora,

Great information!

I will certainly think of buying that special fridge. No seriously, I have been meaning to buy one.

I wonder, does an energy star TV count?

V

Tuesday, May 20, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS IS GREAT INFORMATION!! THIS IS THE TYPE OF STUFF THAT JUST TURNS ME ON!! I WISH THERE WERE MORE BLOGS WHO COVERED GREAT NEWS PIECES LIKE THIS PARTICULAR ONE. GREAT STORY, MS. ZAMORA.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008  

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