Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published February 14, 2014

NEWS RELEASE: Comptroller Franchot Reminds Consumers to Shop Maryland Energy This Weekend

Comptroller Franchot Reminds Consumers to Shop


Maryland Energy This Weekend


- Six Percent Sales Tax Waived on Qualifying ENERGY STAR Products- 


Annapolis, Md. (February 14, 2014) –Comptroller Peter Franchot today reminded Marylanders that they can win big this weekend by taking advantage of Shop Maryland Energy, a tax-free weekend on select ENERGY STAR appliances beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, February 15,  and ending  at 11:59 p.m. Monday, February 17.  The annual tax-free weekend, now in its fifth year, allows consumers to make qualifying purchases without paying the state’s six percent sales tax. 
            “As we approach President’s Day weekend, I am proud that Maryland offers consumers a tax break, allowing them to not only save money on the initial appliance purchase, but to also reduce future energy expenses by conserving energy,” said Comptroller Peter Franchot. 
           Duringthe Shop Maryland Energy event, air conditioners, washers and dryers, furnaces, heat pumps, standard-size refrigerators, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL), dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats that have been designated as meeting or exceeding the applicable ENERGY STAR efficiency requirements developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy will be tax-free.

            A complete list of ENERGY STAR items may be found at: www.energystar.govFor more information on Shop Maryland Energy, visit the Comptroller 's website,,, or call 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland, or toll-free, 1-800-MD-TAXES.