Tax holiday for Energy Star, WaterSense products

This weekend might be the perfect time to get that appliance you’ve been waiting for.

This year’s tax holiday on appliances certified by Energy Star or WaterSense begins just after midnight Sept. 19, and run through the end of the day Sept. 21.

During the period, no sales tax or local option taxes will be collected on the first $1,500 of the sales price of a new qualifying Energy Star or WaterSense products. The exemption is limited to a single purchase for each specific type of qualifying item, having a sales of $500 or more. However, there are no limits for items that cost less than $500.

That means savings of up to $105 per item in Pasco and Hillsborough counties.

Energy Star products that are covered under the sales tax holiday include air purifiers, ceiling fans, clothes dryers, clothes washers, dehumidifiers, dishwashers, freezers, light bulb packages, refrigerators, room air conditioners, swimming pool pumps and water heaters.

An Energy Star item must be designated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Energy, as meeting or exceeding the requirements under the Energy Star program, and include an Energy Star label.

Qualifying WaterSense products include bathroom sink faucets, faucet accessories, high-efficienciey toilets or urinals, shower heads, and weather- or sensor-based irrigation controller.

A WaterSense item must be recognized as water efficient by the EPA, with a WaterSense label affixed to the product.

The holiday, however, does not apply to rental or repair of any of these items.

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