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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
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
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