Shop Maryland Energy Tax Free Weekend for ENERGY STAR Products
During President’s Day weekend, shoppers across Montgomery County can participate in the state’s Shop Maryland Energy Tax Free Weekend which gives residents a break on the six percent sales tax for qualifying ENERGY STAR products.
Energy Tax Free Weekend is a statewide sales tax holiday that highlights the importance of energy efficient appliances to the environment and residents’ pocketbooks.
BENEFITS TO ENERGY STAR
Energy Tax Free Weekend is a great opportunity to replace or upgrade appliances. Eligible ENERGY STAR appliances and lighting include: air conditioners, clothes washers, clothes dryers, furnaces, heat pumps, standard size refrigerators, LED light bulbs, dehumidifiers, boilers and programmable thermostats. For a full list of exempt items visit, www.marylandtaxes.com.
Programs like Energy Tax Free Weekend and the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program help us reach our goals to reduce energy and save Montgomery County residents energy and money in their homes.
Residents using the weekend to upgrade appliances could also take advantage of additional programs to recycle old appliances, such as old working refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners or dehumidifiers. Prior to purchasing new appliances, residents can contact their utility supplier to see if they are eligible for rebates and schedule pick up of the old appliance. Most appliance are eligible for either $25 or $50 in rebates.
This year, the Comptroller of Maryland, Peter Franchot, came to Montgomery County to promote this weekend-long money saving event. He visited Nolan’s Apache Appliance with DEP Staff on Monday, February 6 to talk about the benefits of a tax-free weekend. Nolan’s Apache Appliance has also been a family owned and operated business since 1956 so this was an opportunity to highlight the family’s 61 years of service to the community.
“It’s offset by the increase in traffic that comes into these family-owned businesses and they end up buying not only energy efficient appliances, they buy some things that may not be energy efficient,” Franchot stated.
Nolan’s Apache Appliance is only one of the many appliance stores that are celebrating Energy Tax Free Weekend. You can also pick up a rebate application for the appliances you buy at the appliance stores themselves. Saving money is always good news. Energy Tax Free Weekend is not only about saving money but it is also about doing good for the environment, which doubles the good news.