KISSIMMEE, Fla., Oct. 2, 3:00 p.m. – If you’ve been thinking about replacing your appliances with more energy-efficient models, the time has arrived.
The state of Florida has declared a sales tax holiday from Oct. 5-11 to encourage consumers to consider the purchase of energy-efficient appliances. During this time, retailers will not collect tax on certain appliances and products that are designated with the federal government’s Energy Star label.
During the promotion, items such as fluorescent light bulbs, refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, programmable thermostats and ceiling fans – costing $1,500 or less – will not include sales tax.
That’s a savings of seven percent for purchases made in Osceola County and six and a half percent in nearby Orange County.
The tax break is part of the Florida Energy Act passed by the legislature in May. Details on the promotion can be found at www.myflorida.com/dor/taxes/energy_efficiency_tax_holiday.html.
Many Energy Star qualified appliances use 30 percent less energy than conventional models without sacrificing features, style or comfort. Some products, such as energy-efficient compact fluorescent lamps, save as much as 80 percent. By replacing old, inefficient appliances with Energy Star qualified models, Floridians can help protect the environment while saving money and energy.
KUA provides consumers with additional ways to lower their monthly electric bill at http://www.kua.com/resources.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric, water and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent
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