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See below for 2016 ENERGY STAR® Sales Tax Holidays for your state, but keep reading. We think we’re slightly entertaining and you might have experienced what we have.
Energy Solutions for your Home
Our current energy costs are soaring around $175 per month, just for electric. A lot of that has to do with the fact that it’s summer, I have a teenager and Travis is home on Mondays so that makes at least 3 days each week where the air conditioning is in full use.
This fits with the average home’s annual energy bill of $2,200. I have not yet Liam factored in our natural gas costs or water costs. Fortunately, the only natural gas used in our apartment is the hot water heater, but that’s still at least $50 per month all year-long. Energy efficiency is a hot topic in my household. Finding energy solutions to cut costs is at the top of my list of things to do, especially since we’re trying to save money for a down payment on house by March of 2016.
In preparation for Energy Awareness month in October, which began in 1991 by the federal government, I’ve decided it’s time to take cheap jerseys a look at ways to cut energy costs. I took a walk around my apartment to see which of them bear the ENERGY STAR® Certified Logo. Since I live in an apartment, the stove/oven, built-in-microwave and fridge are provided to me. They do not bear the ENERGY STAR® Certified Logo. While I do not have control over these items, it will go on the top of my list for when we search for a house to cheap jerseys buy in the near future. Now that I reflect a bit, this kinda ticks me off. Our rent has been raised TWICE. The apartment community is doing nothing to warrant an increase in rent and I’m far from a difficult tenant.
On the other hand, I also noticed that only one of our laptops or TVs bear this logo. We have 3 laptops and 2 TVs. While we do not own a washer and dryer, I’ve been down the road of owning both which were not ENERGY STAR® certified. It’s an expensive road and not one I’m ready to take again. I’m currently saving up for an ENERGY STAR® certified washer and dryer.
What Is ENERGY STAR®?
ENERGY STAR® is a voluntary program of the U.S. E.P.A. (United States Environmental Protection Agency). It is designed to help individuals, as well as businesses save money on energy costs and protect our climate, by reducing our carbon footprints, Regenerating through energy efficiency.
Energy Conservation with ENERGY STAR®
The energy conservation offered by ENERGY STAR® certified appliances is enlightening. I calculated the costs I would save if I were responsible for the appliances in my apartment. By using the Savings Calculator Worksheets, I entered information about my rates and created a scenario replacing my dishwasher and world! refrigerator with ENERGY STAR® certified products. Not only was I able to see the cost savings, but also the reduced emissions of carbon dioxide.
Each year the ENERGY STAR models of your selected equipment will save approximately 142 kWh of electricity, 3 therms of natural gas and 819 thousand gallons of water, for cost savings of $26. By choosing ENERGY STAR you will reduce emissions by approximately 249 pounds of carbon dioxide annually, which is equivalent to the emissions reduction of not driving your car for 8 days.
Then, I recalculated adding the clothes washer into the mix. I am astounded cheap jerseys China at catalog how much of a difference the clothes washer makes. We were using the laundromat, but that became too troublesome.
I’m proud to say I’m waiting it out and enduring the community laundromat until I can bring an ENERGY STAR® certified washer into my home. Here are the results for switching to ENERGY STAR® laundry appliances.
Each year the ENERGY STAR models of your selected equipment will save about 279 kWh of electricity, 9 therms of natural gas and 4,204 thousand gallons of water, for cost savings of $77. By choosing ENERGY STAR you will reduce emissions by approximately 538 pounds of carbon dioxide annually, which is equal to the emissions reduction of not driving your car for 17 days.
Best Buy and ENERGY STAR®
Best Buy makes shopping for ENERGY STAR® certified products easy, both online and in-store. With October being Energy Awareness Month, it’s a great time to upgrade your appliances and other electronics. With more than 2,300 unique ENERGY STAR® certified products, combined with rebates from local utility companies (up to $300), as well as sales tax holidays for ENERGY STAR® certified appliances, Best Buy is the place to go for all of your ENERGY STAR® needs.
The following states are offering an ENERGY STAR® sales tax holiday in 2016:
(Updated December 28th, 2015)
- Florida: September 17 – 20
- Georgia: October 1 – 3
- Maryland: February 12 – 14
- Missouri: April 17 – 23
- Texas: May 22 – 24
- Virginia: October 8 – 11
Learn about the federal tax credits available for consumer energy efficiency here.
Is your state not listed above? Don’t worry! road Just bookmark this page and come back later this year for updates for 2016.
If your state is not listed, there are other sales tax holidays you can take part in like Hurricane Preparedness (including generators and supplies), clothing, books, computers, school supplies, footwear, WaterSense products, air conditioners and more.