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Energy Star tax holiday starts 11/2

Posted October 25, 2012
Updated November 2, 2012

The 5th annual Energy Star sales tax holiday runs Nov. 2 - 4. During this event, Energy Star rated appliances are not taxed. If you are in the market for a new appliance, this may be the time to shop, if you can find a good deal.

Are you planning to shop for an appliance during the sales tax holiday?

Energy Star products meet the energy efficient guidelines set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy and are authorized to carry the Energy Star label, according to the NCDOR website.

Products that qualify for the sales tax holiday include clothes washers, freezers, refrigerators, central air conditioners, room air conditioners, air-source heat pumps, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers, and programmable thermostats.

If you order an item during that weekend, you will still qualify for the sales tax holiday (as long as you don't request delayed delivery).

Rentals and items for use in a trade or business do not qualify for the tax exemption.

My thoughts are that if you do your homework and find a very good deal on an appliance you have been needing or planning to buy, saving a little extra on sales tax is an added bonus. The sales tax savings alone would not be enough to get me to buy. I would need to couple it with a good sale as well.




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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 26, 2012

    I agree about the turkey 3boys3! A few years ago, I discovered a whole turkey that had been hiding at the bottom of my chest freezer. It was over a year old so I called Butterball and they said it was safe to eat but might not taste as good. We cooked the bird and it was delicious! But it never would have been hidden in an upright freezer.

  • 3boys3 Oct 26, 2012

    so much easier to see what you have in an upright...I tend to lose things in the bottom of the chest types...also, pulling out a large turkey in a chest can be tough if you have a bad back..

  • watchhillgirl Oct 25, 2012

    I have also had both, and prefer the upright. Things are easier to find and I can stack things so that I use the oldest first. I always found it a problem with the chest freezer. I am partial to Frigidaire, but right now I have one I picked up for about $50.00 from someone that was moving. It is a no name brand (they bought a bunch of frozen food and got it "free"). I would make sure it is frost free, as the one I have now, we have to defrost once or twice a year, which is a bit of a pain. I would like to get a new one, but really have a problem replacing something that still works.

  • twinredheads Oct 25, 2012

    I am still on the first freezer I have ever owned (going on 16+ years I think :)) and I can say my next one will NOT be a chest freezer. It is a huge pain to get to stuff on the bottom; I have to wear gloves so that my hands don't go numb. The next one will definitely be an upright.

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Oct 25, 2012

    Flying - I have had both a chest freezer (about 16 cu ft) and an upright. I love that I can find things more easily in the upright, but apparently a chest freezer keeps things frozen better and cost less to run and are often less expensive.

    With that said, I really like the upright we have now. It came with the house we moved into 2 years ago and we sold the chest freezer through a local website's classified section ( I suggest looking at Craigslist for a freezer. I have purchased 2 in the last 13 years through Craigslist and both worked great. The large chest freezer was only $50 and we sold it to someone else for $50 when we moved.

    The chest freezer really was not as user friendly because stuff got lost at the bottom of the freezer and is was hard to reach the bottom of the freezer without halfway falling in it! I personally prefer an upright.

  • FlyingUnderTheRadar Oct 25, 2012

    Have been wanting to get a freezer...any pro's/con's out there regarding brand, type (chest vs upright) out there...