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Energy Star Appliance Tax Free Holiday Underway

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 9/1/10 @ 3:25 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia’s final ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday starts today and runs through Nov. 30, 2010.

During the holiday, West Virginians will not have to pay sales and use tax on certain ENERGY STAR qualified products valued at $5,000 or less.

“For the past two years, the ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday has allowed our citizens to save money by purchasing energy efficient household appliances,” said Gov. Manchin. “Our citizens have realized energy savings from purchases made during the two previous tax holidays. I hope West Virginia families will continue to take steps to improve their household energy efficiency and our environment by participating one more time.”

"I am happy that the work product of the Attorney General's office is being used to provide tax relief and contribute to energy conservation," said Attorney General Darrell McGraw.

In addition to the ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday, consumers can also take advantage of the West Virginia Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program, which began in June and is being administered by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Mail-in rebates are available to West Virginia residents on purchases of ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers and room air conditioners. Consumers must certify that the purchase is made from a participating West Virginia retailer and products must replace an existing appliance. Retailers, in turn, are required to take the consumer’s old, inefficient appliance out of service and recycle it. This helps meet the program’s goals of saving energy and reducing pollution and waste.

In the last year alone, Americans saved enough energy to power 10 million homes and avoid greenhouse gas emissions from 30 million cars, all while saving $17 billion on their utility bills, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

All West Virginia retailers of ENERGY STAR qualified products will participate in the Sales Tax Holiday. These retailers have been asked to display a sign in the store’s windows, on the door or in the aisle, noting their participation in the Sept. 1 through Nov. 30 Sales Tax Holiday.

Purchases qualify for the sales and use tax holiday if the purchase is for a product that:

  • Has earned the ENERGY STAR label.
  • Costs $5,000 or less.
  • Is for noncommercial home or personal use.

    Learn more about the holiday and the qualified products by by clicking here.

    Learn more about the West Virginia Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program by by clicking here.



    ORIGINAL STORY 8/30/10
    HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Starting Wednesday, West Virginia residents can conserve energy while saving money.

    The state’s tax free holiday runs from September 1 through November 30.

    During the 90-day period, if residents purchase an Energy Star product with an Energy Star label costing $5,000 or less, they won’t have to pay the 6 percent state sales and use tax.

    The qualified products include clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, dehumidifiers, programmable thermostats, ceiling fans, air conditioners and CFL light bulbs.

    In addition to the ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday, consumers can also take advantage of the West Virginia Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program, which began in June and is being administered by the state Department of Environmental Protection.

    Mail-in rebates are available to West Virginia residents on purchases of ENERGY STAR qualified clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers and room air conditioners. Consumers must certify that the purchase is made from a participating West Virginia retailer and products must replace an existing appliance. Retailers, in turn, are required to take the consumer’s old, inefficient appliance out of service and recycle it. This helps meet the program’s goals of saving energy and reducing pollution and waste.


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