Sales tax holiday announced for water-efficient, Energy Star products

Set for May 26-28 in Texas

By Brenda Carden - News Producer

HOUSTON - If you're thinking about buying a new appliance, next week is your chance to save some money.

The state of Texas will hold sales tax holidays on water-efficient and Energy Star products on May 26-28.

Products displaying a WaterSense label or logo can be purchased tax-free for personal or business use. They include shower heads, bathroom sink faucets, and landscape irrigation controls. Also during the sales tax holiday, certain energy-efficient products displaying the Energy Star logo can be purchased tax-free. They include air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less, refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less, and washing machines.

The Texas Comptroller's Office estimates that shoppers will save about $10.7 million in state and local sales tax during the sales tax holidays.

For more information on which products qualify, click here

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You can buy items tax free during the holiday that are used or planted for conserving or retaining groundwater; recharging water tables; or decreasing ambient air temperature, and so limiting water evaporation.

Examples of items that qualify for the exemption include:

  • a soaker or drip-irrigation hose
  • a moisture control for a sprinkler or irrigation system
  • mulch
  • a rain barrel or an alternative rain and moisture collection system
  • a permeable ground cover surface that allows water to reach underground basins, aquifers or water collection points
  • plants, trees and grasses
  • water-saving surfactants
  • soil and compost

Examples of items that do not qualify for the exemption include:

  • construction/building materials
  • awnings and other items used to create shade
  • air conditioners*
  • ceiling fans*
  • sprinklers


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