Southeast Shoppers Can ‘Double Up’ on Savings With Annual ENERGY STAR Tax Holidays

2 10 2008
PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX
Beginning this Thursday, October 2nd, consumers across the Southeast can double up on savings with the purchase of select products labeled with the ENERGY STAR logo. During successive sales tax holidays in Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina, they will save “up front” when they buy those products and then save again with lower monthly home energy bills, according to the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA).
In addition to foregoing the sales tax on certain ENERGY STAR products, consumers in Georgia and Virginia can also save the sales tax on specific water-efficient products labeled with the WATER SENSE logo. ENERGY STAR and WATER SENSE labels designate products that meet strict federal energy-efficiency and water-efficiency criteria, respectively. Both labels are programs of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy.
“With energy costs rising and water restrictions becoming the norm, now is the perfect time to save some money, water and energy,” commented SEEA Executive Director Ben Taube. “The ENERGY STAR logo makes it easy for consumers to quickly find the appliances, lights, insulation, and other products that will save them money on home energy bills.”
Taube added that according to EPA data, the Southeast has the lowest market penetration of ENERGY STAR products, coupled with high rates of energy use, population growth, and growing energy demand. “Southerners can greatly benefit from using energy more efficiently,” Taube added. “Energy efficiency is the cleanest, cheapest, and largest source of new power for the South.”
During the upcoming tax holidays, consumers can save the state sales tax on eligible ENERGY STAR and WATER SENSE qualified products costing (cumulatively) up to $2,500 in Virginia and $1,500 in Georgia; North Carolina has no dollar limit on the tax-free purchases. Eligible products include programmable thermostats, compact fluorescent light bulbs, ceiling fans, air conditioners, clothes washers, refrigerators, doors and windows.
“October is Energy Awareness Month, so it’s a perfect time to look for the ENERGY STAR on more than 50 categories of energy-using products, from major appliances to home electronics and office equipment,” noted Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan. “These energy-sipping products not only save consumers up to 30 percent on their related electricity bills, they also benefit our nation’s energy security and environment by extending our domestic energy supplies while decreasing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.” ( www.energystar.gov)
The tax holiday dates are as follows:
Georgia: Thursday, October 2nd through Sunday, October 5th
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