TexasIsHot – Energy Efficiency

TEXASISHOT.ORG ENCOURAGES TEXANS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS WEEKEND’S ENERGY STAR SALES TAX HOLIDAY

Texans can save about $3 million in taxes during the event and will reap future savings on their electric bills with more efficient appliances and increased awareness of their energy use.

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Texans have the opportunity to save more than $3 million dollars on energy efficient appliances during the second annual Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday which begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, May 25.

“This weekend, Texans have the opportunity to cash in not once, but twice, on energy efficient appliances,” said Texas Comptroller Susan Combs in a recent statement on the Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday.

“In addition to instant tax savings, energy efficient appliances will allow Texans to save significant money on their electric bills each month,” said Curt Seidlits of the TexasIsHotCoalition. “Energy efficiency is particularly important as we head into the extremely hot Texas summer, where energy use typically rises dramatically.”

Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved $19 billion on their utility bills in 2008. According to a recent report by the Texas Comptroller’s Office, increased energy efficiency, including the use of energy star appliances, will save Texas consumers $2 billion per year.

“I encourage Texans across the state to take advantage of the sales tax holiday,” said Senator Florence Shapiro, Chair of the Senate Education Committee. “Texas has been a leader in using energy efficiency as a way to meet increased demand and this weekend’s tax holiday is an important step in getting Texans to educate themselves on how to conserve energy, help the environment, and lower their electric bills, all at the same time.”

“Over the past several months TexasIsHot has been working to provide Texans with the latest news concerning energy efficiency, quick and easy tips, and interactive tools for consumers to analyze personal energy use and better understand the financial benefits of conservation,” said Seidlits. “We encourage consumers across the state to take advantage of this weekend’s sales tax holiday, as it is an important step in getting Texans to rethink their energy use, conserve energy and lower their electric bills.”

For more information on the sales tax holiday and to sign up for important energy efficiency updates, tips and tools go to www.texasishot.org.

About The Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday
The Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday applies only to the following appliances and household equipment:

  • Air conditioners priced under $6,000 (room and central units)
  • Clothes washers (but not clothes dryers*)
  • Ceiling fans
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Dishwashers
  • Light bulbs (incandescent and fluorescent)
  • Programmable thermostats
  • Refrigerators priced under $2,000.

The Energy Star designation is not applied to clothes dryers since there is little difference in the energy use between models. The items eligible for the exemption during the Energy Star holiday is limited to only those items specifically listed in Tax Code Section 151.33. 

About TexasIsHot
The TexasIsHot Coalition’s goal is to educate consumers about how to be more energy efficient and how to take control of their consumption and their bills. The coalition website –www.TexasIsHot.org - provides the latest energy efficiency news, quick and easy tips to conserve electricity, and interactive tools to show the financial impact of small changes in daily life. The coalition also provides regular e-mail updates and other educational forums to put Texans in control of their energy use and costs. Current members of the TexasIsHot Coalition are AECT, CenterPoint Energy, Entergy Texas, Luminant, Oncor, Pedernales Electric Cooperative, TXU Energy and Time Warner Cable. What People are saying about TexasIsHot.

Testimonials
  • "“As the Texas population continues to grow, so will our energy consumption needs. We must have tools that empower the consumer to choose their products and monitor their usage wisely. TexasIsHot.org is a great resource, which is exactly what Texans need in today’s deregulated market.”" - State Rep. Burt Solomons (R-Carrollton), Chairman of House State Affairs Committee
  • "In order to meet our goals, we need programs like the TexasIsHot campaign to help change the way people think about energy." - State Sen. Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay), Chairman of Senate Natural Resources Committee
  • "Texas leads the nation in wind power because it makes money, not because it makes us feel better. Texans are a practical, penny-wise people who I think will be happy to learn how to save a few bucks on their power bills with the common-sense advice at TexasIsHot.org."-Jerry Patterson, Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office
  • "If every Texas household adopted just a few of the dozens of energy efficiency strategies referenced on TexasIsHot.org, our air would be cleaner, our limited supply of natural resources would be better protected, and our wallets would be heavier..." Kip Averitt (R-Waco), Former State Senator and Chairman of Senate Committee on Natural Resources
  • ”The TexasIsHot campaign targets an important piece of the clean energy effort -- educating Texans on the way we use electricity and quantifying the financial and environmental costs associated with our use. By just reducing the amount of electricity we use and waste, TexasIsHot.org can show people how to save money..." State Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin)
  • "Fluctuating energy costs are really hurting Texas families and businesses, but by just making a few easy changes, Texans can cut down on energy waste. TexasIsHot.org is a tremendous resource which arms consumers with the information they need to save themselves money by becoming more energy efficient, and help our environment." State Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston)
  • "Texas is the third fastest growing state in the nation with a net growth of 1,000 people each and every day. This brings many challenges including providing clean and affordable electricity. That is why I'm excited about TexasIsHot.org. This website is an instructional resource that will help Texans save on their energy bills at home and in the workplace..." State Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford)
  • "Now, more than ever, Texans need to work together to conserve energy and to make more efficient use of the energy we consume. The TexasIsHot.org website is an extraordinary resource for people who want to save money and help conserve our precious natural resources..." State Rep. Rafael Anchía (D-Dallas)
  • "By partnering with the TexasIsHot Coalition we can extend our effort’s reach, leverage our resources, and ensure that Austin’s energy grid continues to be a test-bed for technologies, products, and services that will transform our state’s energy system." Brewster McCracken, Executive Director, Pecan Street Project
  • "The City of Houston is working harder than ever to make Houston green and energy efficient, but we need the help of every citizen. I would encourage everyone to take a moment to explore the TexasIsHot website to learn what we can all do to make Houston, and the rest of Texas, the green and energy efficient example for the rest of the nation." Mayor Annise Parker, Houston
  • "Energy efficiency is one of our top priorities. Partnering with the TexasIsHot Coalition will help us educate citizens and local businesses about energy-efficient practices in order to meet our goal of reducing residential and commercial electric use." Gavin Dillingham, Chief of Sustainable Growth – General Services Department, for the City of Houston
  • "We are excited about the new partnership that the City of Corpus Christi has entered into with the TexasIsHot Coalition. TexasIsHot.org provides a platform to educate policy makers, city employees and citizens on how to save money and help the environment by conserving energy..." Mayor Joe Adame, Corpus Christi
  • "I am excited that the City of Corpus Christi has joined the TexasIsHot Coalition and look forward to working with them to help Texans become smarter energy users. Energy efficiency is by far the best way for people to reduce their bills and help the environment, but we need education and outreach to make this happen." State Rep. Solomon Ortiz, Jr (D-Corpus Christi)
  • "Because of its fast growth and hot summers, Texas has to get smarter about energy conservation. I applaud the efforts of Corpus Christi and TexasIsHot to help businesses and residents reap the benefits of increased efficiency." Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen)
  • "Energy efficiency is the cleanest, quickest and cheapest way to get smart about energy use, saving both money and the environment. I applaud the TexasIsHot Coalition in their effort to educate Texans about the benefits of energy efficiency..." Luke Metzger, Director, Environment Texas
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