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5/19/08

Tax Free Weekend for Energy Star Appliances

Texas shoppers will get a break from taxes this weekend, if they are buying a new appliance.

Beginning Saturday, energy efficient products or those that have an Energy Star sticker, will be tax-free, and local retailers are expecting big crowds.

"We really do expect a big turnout because of the savings to the consumer.  This is the first time the state has done something like this so we think it's going to be very, very good," said Jeff Griffith, president of Radio Lab. 

At Radio Lab there are over 50 different models of Energy Star appliances.  Griffith says prices for the Energy Star refrigerators and dishwashers are about the same price as non-Energy Star appliances. And though they cost more than regular washers, Griffith says the Energy Star models will offer more savings in the long run.

"A front-load washer uses so much less water than a top load machine that, in one year, the difference would fill up an Olympic size swimming pool - every year. That's a lot of water," said Griffith.

Lubbock residents Eddie and Jackie Collins said that they were not aware of the tax holiday.

"I think it's a great idea, anytime we can save a little tax money that's great.  I think it's a great deal especially with the way fuel is going up any savings is great.  It would be worth it," said Jackie & Eddie Collins.

So worth it, in fact, the Collins' are now thinking about getting a new refrigerator. 

"We just may think about that more seriously.  Have a better look at it," said Eddie Collins.

The sale begins Saturday and runs through Monday.  You can check out the entire list of products that qualify for tax exemptions by clicking here

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