Maryland Tax-Free Weekend Starts Saturday

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Maryland shoppers will save on energy efficient appliances during Presidents Day weekend. Consumers will get a break from the state’s six percent sales tax on qualifying energy-efficient products from Feb. 18-20.

The program began in 2011 as a way to encourage residents to purchase energy efficient appliances. Both new and used purchases with the Energy Star label will not incur state sales tax this weekend.

To receive the Energy Star label, a product must meet standards for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 2018, Energy Star-certified products helped consumers save 200 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, avoid $35 billion in energy costs, and achieve 150 million metric tons of greenhouse gas reductions.

In addition to the tax savings, additional utility rebates may also apply. Be sure to check in your service area before you start shopping. Check: BGEPepcoPotomac Edison, and Washington Gas. For more help, check the Energy Star website rebate finder.

During Shop Maryland Energy weekend, the following Energy Star products are tax free:

  • air conditioners
  • washers and dryers
  • standard-size refrigerators
  • furnaces
  • heat pumps
  • boilers
  • compact fluorescent light bulbs (not LED)
  • dehumidifiers
  • programmable thermostats

Solar water heaters are tax-exempt year-round.


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