Water, energy-efficient products tax free all Memorial Day weekend

(Courtesy of the Texas Comptroller's office)

This Memorial Day weekend, Texas families and businesses can save on the purchase of certain water- and energy-efficient products.

The state's Water-Efficient Products and ENERGY STAR® sales tax holidays run from Saturday, May 25, through Monday, May 27 and Texas Comptroller Glenn Hagar's office estimates shoppers will save about $12.6 million in state and local sales taxes.

"Inefficient appliances and outdated water systems can put a tremendous strain on our power grids and water supplies," Hegar said. "By taking advantage of these sales tax holidays, Texans can make upgrades that will help alleviate those pressures and lower their utility bills - while saving money on state and local sales taxes."

2019 marks the fourth year for the Water-Efficient Products sales tax holiday, meaning products displaying a WaterSense® label or logo can be purchased tax-free for personal or business use. Showerheads, bathroom sink faucets and accessories, toilets, urinals and landscape irrigation controls are eligible.

The sales tax holiday also applies to lawn and garden products that help conserve water outdoors, including soaker or drip-irrigation hoses; moisture controls for a sprinkler or irrigation system; mulch; and plants, trees and grasses. These items can be purchased tax-free for residential use only.

There's no limit to the number of water-efficient or water-conserving products you can purchase tax-free.

During the ENERGY STAR sales tax holiday, certain energy-efficient products displaying the ENERGY STAR logo can be purchased tax-free, including air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less, refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less, ceiling fans, fluorescent light bulbs, dishwashers, dehumidifiers and clothes washing machines. 

For more information on the sales tax holidays, visit the Comptroller's website