Tax-free appliance holiday starts Thursday
If you’re in the market for a new appliance, this would be a good time to make your purchases. October 1-4 marks Georgia’s tax free holiday for energy and water efficient appliances and products. Purchases must be intended for home use, rather than commercial, and cannot exceed $1,500. The products must be “Energy Star” approved, and include:
Fluorescent light bulbs
Windows (including skylights)
Bathroom sink faucets or aerators
High-efficiency toilets and urinals
If the timing isn’t right for you, keep in mind that Georgia is in line for $9.3 million in federal stimulus money that will be directed toward a rebate program for Energy Star appliances. The details of the deal are still being hammered out and aren’t due until Oct. 15, but $300 million in federal dollars is being distributed to states based on population.
National reports have indicated that the rebates are likely to be anywhere from $50 to $200. The most likely products to be part of the program are heating and cooling equipment and appliances, and water heaters. The states will be awarded around the end of the year or early next year.
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