TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Sept. 16, 2014 – While Florida’s school-sales-tax holiday makes headlines in August, a lesser-publicized tax holiday on energy-efficient appliances takes place this weekend, Sept. 19-21.
The tax holiday covers qualifying Energy Star and WaterSense products, and sales tax won’t be collected on the first $1,500 of the price during the tax-free weekend. Energy Star products use at least 10 percent less energy, and WaterSense products use at least 20 percent less water.
The list of qualified products includes selected ceiling fans, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, light bulbs, clothes washers, bathroom sink faucets, showerheads and more. Consumers are limited to one tax-free purchase of any item that costs more than $500, and it doesn’t apply to any rentals or repairs. There are no quantity limits on items that cost less than $500.
The holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 19, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21.
Qualifying Energy Star Products
- Air purifier
- Ceiling fan
- Clothes dryer
- Clothes washer
- Light bulbs (packages)
- Room air conditioner
- Swimming pool pump
- Water heater
An Energy Star item must be designated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Energy as meeting or exceeding the requirements under the Energy Star Program. An Energy Star label must be affixed to the product.
Qualifying WaterSense Products
- Bathroom sink faucet
- Faucet accessory
- High-efficiency toilet or urinal
- Weather or sensor-based irrigation controller
A WaterSense item must be recognized as water efficient by the WaterSense Program sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. A WaterSense label must be affixed to the product.
For more information, visit the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website.
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