Tax free holiday for Energy Star appliances

By: Laura Geller - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - If you're thinking about upgrading some of your household appliances, now is the time to do it.

The state Energy Star sales tax holiday runs through Monday.

After hearing about the tax holiday, Mark Phillips and his wife waited until Saturday to purchase a new washer and dryer.

"I think it's great for the state to do things like this. The stores kind of participate I think by having good sales and when you match that with the tax free weekend, it's really nice," he said.

Energy Star items like air conditioners, dishwashers, refrigerators and washing machines qualify.

Water saving products including faucets, shower heads and toilets -- which are also on the list. hhgregg's Dallas Wilson says many customers buying this weekend are in the same situation as the Phillips.

The unit they have at home is 25 years old.

"Ours is the old technology and it uses a lot of water, especially in the washer and then electricity to heat that water and we thought probably anything we bought would be superior to what we had," he said.

Today's savings could mean keeping even more money in your bank account in the future.

Upgrading from a top loading unit could also save you money on your water bills.

Wilson says on average something like this uses 40-46 gallons of water per load.

Whereas a front loading unit only takes up 14-16 gallons.

Some important things to remember-- the appliance has to meet EPA criteria, cost $2,500 or less and can only be for personal, not commercial use.

"Some of their appliances may be working fine at home," said Wilson. "They may be getting a little bit long in the tooth, a little bit noisy and beat up a little bit and when we run these types of programs, in combination with the great sales in the industry right now, the great products and the rebates it's really just a great time to upgrade."

Again, the sales tax holiday runs through Monday.

Click here for a full list of qualifying products.

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