No sales tax on refrigerators, air conditioners, ceiling fans and more this weekend

Best Buy associate Jackie Martinez showcases Miele Energy Star Fully Integrated All Refrigerators at Pacific Sales section of Best Buy store on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, in Los Angeles. The federal government is giving away $35 million to Californians who are buying energy efficient appliances. California's "cash for appliances" program fittingly begins on Earth Day and is designed to cut energy use in the nation's most populous state. Recent programs in Florida and Texas were so popular that federal allotments were used up just hours after the programs launched. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Memorial Day weekend is more than burgers and fun in the sun in Texas, it’s also ENERGY STAR sales tax holiday weekend.

Comptroller Susan Combs reminds residents that residents will get a break from state and local taxes on specific energy efficient items.

The products qualifying for the exemption will display the ENERGY STAR logo and include:

  • Air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less
  • Refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less
  • Ceiling fans
  • Incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs
  • Clothes washers (Dryers are excluded)
  • Dishwashers
  • Dehumidifiers

The sales tax holiday even applies to online orders or layaway payment plans, with certain restrictions. The Comptroller’s office has all of the fine print available here. 

Certain programmable thermostats are eligible for tax-free status, however, it is limited only those which were produced before 2009. The ENERGY STAR rating is no longer given to programmable thermostats. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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