EnergyStar and WaterSense Tax Free Holiday

Oct 1, 2012

Governor Nathan Deal has announced another tax-free holiday – this time, to save money while conserving energy. The EnergyStar and WaterSense sales-tax holiday will take place from October 5th through the 7th. 

The tax break can be applied to appliances such as dishwashers, clothes washers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, fluorescent light bulbs, dehumidifiers, programmable thermostats, refrigerators, doors and windows that have the ENERGY STAR label and a purchase price of $1,500 or less.

It will also apply to bathroom sink faucets, high-efficiency toilets and urinals, showerheads, faucet accessories (such as aerators), and weather- or sensor-based irrigation controllers that have the WaterSense label, also with  a purchase price of $1,500 or less.      

“I encourage everyone to play their part in maintaining our environment by participating in the tax-free holiday to save money and, ultimately, conserve Georgia’s resources,” Deal said.

The state and local sales tax exemption will not apply to items purchased for trade or business use, or items rented or leased.

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, which encourages the use of energy efficient products and practices to save money and protect the environment. For more information, visit

WaterSense, an EPA partnership program, seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering consumers a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products. For more information, visit