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Save money through Sunday on products, appliances that are more efficient with tax exemption
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David Truelove hangs a sign Wednesday on a WaterSense plumbing fixtures at Lowe’s. Today through Sunday, consumers will not be charged sales tax on the purchase of Energy Star and WaterSense appliances at Georgia retailers.

Folks looking to buy more efficient appliances might think about making that purchase sooner than later.

Today is the first day of a sales tax "holiday" for energy- and water-efficient products in Georgia.

The holiday, which lasts through Sunday, allows Georgia residents to purchase a broad range of products marked with the Energy Star and WaterSense logos without paying state or local taxes.

Specifically, the sales tax exemption applies to Energy Star qualified dishwashers, clothes washers, room air conditioners, ceiling fans, compact fluorescent light bulbs, dehumidifiers, programmable thermostats, refrigerators, doors and windows, according to the Georgia Environmental Facilities Web site.

Certain water-efficient products that carry the WaterSense logo are also tax free. WaterSense-labeled products eligible for the sales tax exemption include bathroom sink faucets, aerators and high-efficiency toilets.

Since residents are allowed to spend up to $1,500 on water- and energy-efficient appliances without the burden of taxes, the holiday is a good chance to purchase up-to-date, water-efficient products that help residents become more environmentally friendly and save on their water bills, said Gainesville Water Conservation Specialist Scarlett Fuller.

Aside from the savings on sales tax, WaterSense and Energy Star appliances are meant to save consumers money in the long run by using less energy than older models, according to the Georgia Environmental Facilities Web site.

"It’s a great time to take advantage of updating appliances like washing machines," Fuller said. "...It’s a good deal when you’re buying a $900 or $800 washer not to have to pay the sales tax."

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