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Energy efficient products sales tax holiday underway

ATLANTA — Georgia residents will be able to save money on new energy-saving appliances this weekend, during the state’s tax-free holiday on energy efficient products through Sunday.

Those who make a qualifying purchase are exempt from paying state and local sales tax on select household items such as appliances, compact fluorescent light bulbs, doors or windows and thermostats.

The sales tax holiday applies to products that have been designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy as meeting or exceeding each agency’s energy-saving efficiency requirements, or that have been designated as meeting or exceeding such requirements under each agency’s ENERGY STAR program.

The exemption is valid for products that have a sales price of $1,500 or less per item and are being purchased for home or personal use. It does not apply to purchases for trade, business, resale or commercial use.

Michele Wagner is director of energy efficiency for Georgia Power. She said consumers can save doubly by purchasing a new energy efficient tax-free product which consumes less energy and lowers energy costs.

“Georgia’s sales tax holiday for energy-efficient products is a great way to highlight the value that these products offer customers in the long term and the impact they have on protecting the environment,” Wagner said. “We encourage our customers to take advantage of this opportunity to save money on their purchases and to consider ways to make their homes more energy-efficient throughout the year.”

Wagner said ENERGY STAR products are 10 to 50 percent more energy-efficient than standard products.

She added that Georgia Power residential customers who purchase an ENERGY STAR qualified refrigerator, freezer or washer may qualify to receive a rebate from Georgia Power.

Details about the rebates and the sales tax holiday are available at www.georgiapower.com.