For Immediate Release

10/04/2006

Contact: Adrienne Henzmann
1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922-5703
Phone: (321) 638-1004
FAX: (321) 638-1010
 
FSEC Advises Residents on Energy-Efficient Purchases During Tax-Free Week
 
Florida residents can save money on energy-efficient appliances and other products 
during a tax-free holiday from Oct. 5 to 11, and advice from Florida Solar Energy 
Center researchers can help residents make purchases that will cut their energy 
bills.
 
The sales-tax holiday coincides with Energy Efficient Week and applies to new 
products with the "Energy Star" label that cost $1,500 or less. Residents will 
save money long after they receive the tax break because they will use less energy 
throughout the life of the products.
 
The Gossamer Wind series ceiling fans, developed at the Florida Solar Energy 
Center at the University of Central Florida, are among the products that qualify 
for the tax savings. New refrigerators, washers and programmable thermostats also 
are eligible.
 
The Gossamer Wind fans can save customers about $20 per year in electricity costs 
while providing the same or greater air movement as conventional ceiling fans. To 
date, more than 1 million Gossamer Wind ceiling fans have been purchased across 
the country, saving users more than $20 million annually. Additional savings can 
be realized by raising thermostat temperatures to reduce air conditioning costs. 
 
Researchers at the Florida Solar Energy Center also suggest replacing incandescent 
light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs as a way to save on energy costs. The cost of 
installing and using fluorescent bulbs is recovered through the long-term savings. 
For one year in a 2,000-square-foot home, a homeowner could save $200, which is 
about what the bulbs will cost. And the savings will continue throughout the three-
 to five-year life of the bulbs. 
 
The tax exemption applies only for the purchase of energy-efficient products for 
home or personal use. The term "energy-efficient product," according to state law, 
means a dishwasher, clothes washer, air conditioner, ceiling fan, incandescent or 
fluorescent light bulb, dehumidifier, programmable thermostat, or refrigerator 
that meets or exceeds the requirements of the "Energy Star" program.

For more information on energy efficiency, visit the Web site of the Florida Solar 
Energy Center at www.fsec.ucf.edu. 
  
The Florida Solar Energy Center is the largest and most active state-supported 
energy research center in the country. Current research activities include solar 
water and pool heating, solar electric and distributed generation systems, energy-
efficient buildings, alternative transportation systems, hydrogen fuel and fuel 
cells.