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Virginia Energy Sense: Use Virginia State Tax Holiday to Save Money and Energy

VES Launches New Website to Better Educate Virginians on Ways to Save Energy, Highlights State Tax Holiday Savings

RICHMOND – As part of its ongoing effort to inform citizens of the Commonwealth about the value of saving energy, Virginia Energy Sense is educating citizens about Virginia’s annual tax holiday and how they can use this holiday to purchase new energy efficient, Energy Star appliances tax free.  Virginia Energy Sense will utilize its newly designed website to reach citizens with this tax holiday and energy savings information. The Commonwealth’s annual tax holiday runs from August 5-7 and provides a time for citizens to purchase qualifying school supplies, clothing and footwear, emergency preparedness items, and certain energy-efficient products without paying state and local sales tax. While the tax holiday helps many families who are purchasing back-to-school items, Virginians can use the weekend to purchase energy saving Energy Star items such as dishwashers, refrigerators, and light bulbs without having to pay sales tax. “The sales tax holiday provides a way for citizens of the Commonwealth to purchase certain energy efficient products tax free, saving them a significant amount of money on the purchase,” said Andy Farmer, manager of the Virginia Energy Sense consumer education program for the State Corporation Commission. Virginia Energy Sense, an ENERGY STAR partner, is directing those who follow them to its new website for more information on the tax holiday and other useful resources including tools and tips to help Virginians find ways to save energy and save money.  For example, tips are available for ways to save energy at home, at work, and at school.  For example, you can learn how to conduct a home energy audit to identify specific things in your home that are negatively impacting your home’s energy efficiency.  Additionally, there are also links to resources and incentives designed to help consumers find ways to save energy. “The savings people realize during the tax holiday will continue beyond the cash register because replacing old appliances and light bulbs with energy efficient ones helps save money on electric bills and is better for the environment,” Farmer added. Energy Star-labeled products priced at $2,500 or less are eligible in for the sales tax holiday and include:

  • Dishwashers
  • Washing machines
  • Refrigerators
  • Air conditioners
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Ceiling fans
  • Light bulbs

To learn more and for a detailed list of eligible items available for tax free purchase during the Virginia Sales Tax Holiday weekend please visit You can also visit to find out more about simple and cost-effective ways to save energy. You can visit to learn more about the ENERGY STAR program. Virginia Energy Sense is the Commonwealth’s energy education program under the guidance of the State Corporation Commission.  Virginia has set a goal to reduce electric energy consumption 10 percent below 2006 levels by 2022.

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