Save on appliances during Energy Star sales tax holiday

Posted at 1:13 PM, May 22, 2015
and last updated 2018-09-12 12:38:34-04

Texans looking to save on energy-efficient appliances will find many Energy Star® appliances tax free during Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday May 23 to Monday May 25. Shoppers are expected to save an estimated $3.8 million in state and local sales tax during the Memorial Day weekend 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. Clothes dryers are not ENERGY STAR® certified.

Estimated annual energy and water savings for eligible products are listed in the chart below. 

ENERGY STAR® Appliance vs. Conventional 

Appliance Type Energy Savings Water Savings 

Central Air Conditioners 15%   

Room/Window Air Conditioners 15%   

Refrigerators 10%   

Ceiling Fans 60%   

Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs 80%   

Clothes Washers 25% 40% 

Dish Washers 5% 15% 

Dehumidifiers 15%   

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

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