Comptroller urges Mary­lan­ders to Shop Mary­land En­ergy

Dorchester Star - - Regional - PETER FRAN­CHOT

— Comptroller Peter Fran­chot is urg­ing Mary­lan­ders to take ad­van­tage of big sav­ings as part of the an­nual Shop Mar yland En­ergy week­end.

From Satur­day, Feb. 18, through Mon­day, Feb. 20, con­sumers will not pay the state’s six-per­cent sales tax on qual­i­fy­ing En­ergy Star ap­pli­ances.

In the com­ing weeks, Fran­chot will make sev­eral stops across the state to pro­mote the tax-free week­end, now in its eighth year.

“Shop Mary­land En­ergy week­end is a win for all Mary­lan­ders,” Fran­chot said. “Con­sumers can save hun­dreds of dol­lars, busi­nesses make more sales and En­ergy Star prod­ucts are good for the en­vi­ron­ment.”

Dur­ing the Shop Mar yland En­ergy event, air con­di­tion­ers, wash­ers and dry­ers, fur­naces, heat pumps, stan­dard-size re­frig­er­a­tors, com­pact flu­o­res­cent light bulbs (CFL), de­hu­mid­i­fiers and pro­gram­mable ther­mostats that have been des­ig­nated as meet­ing or ex­ceed­ing the ap­pli­ca­ble En­ergy Star ef­fi­ciency re­quire­ments de­vel­oped by the U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency and the U.S. Depart­ment of En­ergy will be tax-free.

The En­ergy Star, a U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency pro­gram, was es­tab­lished in 1992 to re­duce lev­els of green­house gas emis­sions and other harm­ful pol­lu­tants caused by the in­ef­fi­cient use of en­ergy. The En­ergy Star la­bel as­sists con­sumers in iden­ti­fy­ing en­ergy-ef­fi­cient prod­ucts that offer sav­ings on en­ergy bills with­out sac­ri­fic­ing per­for­mance, fea­tures of com­fort.

A list of En­ergy Star items may be found at www.en­er­gys­tar.gov. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Comptroller of Mar yland’s Web site, www.mary­land­taxes.com, e-mail TAXHELP@comp.state.md.us, or call 410260-7980 in Cen­tral Mary­land, or toll-free, 1-800-MD-TAXES.

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