Comptroller urges Marylanders to Shop Maryland Energy
— 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.