Comptroller Peter Franchot announced Shop Maryland Energy, a tax-free weekend on select ENERGY STAR products. Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, February 18 through midnight, Monday, February 20, Marylanders who purchase qualifying ENERGY STAR products will not have to pay the six percent state sales tax.


Franchot made the announcement along with representatives from the Maryland Energy Administration, Maryland Department of Environment, Potomac Electric Power Company (PEPCO) and Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) Energy Efficiency Programs.


Resulting from legislation passed in the 2007 special session of the Maryland General Assembly, this tax-free weekend will occur every year during the Saturday immediately preceding the third Monday in February until the third Monday of February, until the legislature decides to revisit the issue.


I am excited for the 2012 Shop Maryland Energy weekend,” said Comptroller Franchot. “Consumers who buy ENERGY STAR products during the tax-free weekend will save money on the initial purchase and on energy bills in the future, plus Maryland retailers will benefit from an increase in sales.”


During Shop Maryland Energy weekend, air conditioners, clothes washer, furnaces, heat pumps, standard size refrigerators, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), dehumidifiers, and programmable thermostats that have been designated as meeting or exceeding the applicable ENERGY STAR efficiency requirements developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy will be tax-free.