Sales tax holidays for water-efficient and ENERGY STAR® products set for May 28-30

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is reminding families and businesses that they can save on the purchase of certain water- and energy-efficient products during the state’s Water-Efficient Products and ENERGY STAR® sales tax holidays.

The holidays, created by the Texas Legislature, both take place Saturday, May 28, through Monday, May 30.

The Texas Comptroller’s office estimates shoppers will save about $14 million in state and local sales tax.

“Anyone who’s lived through a Texas summer knows triple-digit temperatures, outdated water systems and inefficient appliances can put a strain on our water supplies and power grids,” Hegar said. “By taking advantage of these sales tax holidays, Texans can make upgrades that will help alleviate those pressures and lower their utility bills — while saving money on state and local sales taxes.”

This is the seventh year for the Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday. Products displaying a WaterSense® label or logo can be purchased tax free for personal or business use. These include showerheads, bathroom sink faucets and accessories, toilets, urinals and landscape irrigation controls.

The sales tax holiday also applies to lawn and garden products that help conserve water outdoors. Items qualifying for the exemption include soaker or drip-irrigation hoses; moisture controls for sprinkler or irrigation systems; mulch; and plants, trees and grasses. These items can be purchased tax free for residential use only. There’s no limit on the number of water-efficient or water-conserving products you can purchase tax free.

For more information on the Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday, visit the Comptroller’s website. 

During the ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday, certain energy-efficient products displaying the ENERGY STAR logo can be purchased tax free, including air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less, refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less, ceiling fans, compact fluorescent light bulbs, integral LED bulbs, dishwashers, dehumidifiers and clothes washing machines.

Visit the Comptroller’s website for more details about the ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday.

Estimated annual energy and water savings for eligible products are listed below.

ENERGY STAR® Appliance vs. Conventional
Appliance Type/Energy Savings/Water Savings
Central Air Conditioners – 8 percent  
Room/Window Air Conditioners – 10 percent  
Refrigerators – 9 percent 
Freezers – 10 percent  
Ceiling Fans/Light Combination Units – 60 percent  
ENERGY STAR Certified Light Bulbs – 90 percent  
ENERGY STAR Certified Fixtures – 90 percent  
ENERGY STAR Certified Decorative Light Strings – 75 percent  
Clothes Washers – 25 percent/33 percent
Dishwashers – */**
Dehumidifiers – 15 percent  
WaterSense Products – Showerheads – 17 percent
WaterSense Label – Toilets – 20 percent
* Costs about $35 per year to run.
** Can save an average 3,870 gallons of water over its lifetime.
Source: ENERGY STAR (energystar.gov) and https://www.epa.gov/watersense/watersense-products

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