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Tax holiday set for energy-saving appliances

Posted November 5, 2008

— North Carolina consumers can save a bit on energy-efficient appliances this weekend during the state’s first tax holiday for such items.

The tax-free weekend runs Friday through Sunday and covers items like washers, freezers, refrigerators and other appliances that carry the “Energy Star” label.

“In today’s tough economy, families need a break wherever they can find one. This tax holiday will help them save money they can use for food, gas, rent or other necessities,” Gov. Mike Easley said in a statement. “In addition, purchasing an 'Energy Star' appliance is a step toward keeping our environment cleaner, something we should all strive to do.”

“Energy Star” products are designed to operate more efficiently, resulting in the production of less greenhouse gas. The products also use less energy, saving consumers money on their power bills. The products meet the energy efficient standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

By using these appliances last year, Americans reduced greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equal that released by 27 million cars, officials said. Americans also saved $16 billion on their utility bills during the year with the appliances.

“It’s exciting that, for the first time ever, North Carolina is offering a tax-free holiday on Energy Star appliances, helping consumers lower their energy bills and save money,” Pat Carstensen, chairman of the North Carolina Sierra Club executive committee, said in a statement.

Items purchased for use in a trade or business and for rentals are not covered by the exemption. Purchases of qualifying “Energy Star” products by contractors who will install the products in structures for customers are subject to the tax even when purchased during the holiday.


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  • housemanagercary Nov 7, 2008

    I didn't hear about this until this morning... way to go on planning!

  • Hell-Raiser Nov 6, 2008

    Ummmm.... very few media outlets.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 5, 2008

    Yep 7 dollars on every hundred - whooie yippity dippity.

  • Fun Nov 5, 2008

    Yet they dont state "exactly" what the savings would be. Just had a new gas pack installed this week- no tax on that at all.

  • endless Nov 5, 2008

    This is an annual tax holiday and was just enacted this year by the legislature. It was public knowledge and in many media outlets back in August.
    Not really anyone else's fault but your own if you are not up to date in the news and research these things. Stay in touch with what your elected government is doing. Get involved. Take your energy and enthusiasm from yesterday and have it every day!

  • hkypky Nov 5, 2008

    Don't sweat it ... chances are you all might have hit a sale or some in-store discount that, you can bet, won't be available this coming weekend.

    Tax-Free weekends are rip-off's. If they were really trying to help you out, this type of things would be tax-free year round.

  • Stormy13 Nov 5, 2008

    Same here "JaredsMom", bought new washer and dryer two and a half months ago myself. Nothing like having notice of this "extra savings".

  • JaredsMom Nov 5, 2008

    Too bad I just bought a new fridge 2 months ago. Thanks for the advanced notice.

  • FromClayton Nov 5, 2008

    thats a great idea. maybe if they had given me a little more notice i could have saved up enough money to buy the darn thing.

  • mlf73 Nov 5, 2008

    I guess you gotta spend money to owe money. That should help someone in this economy!