Letters to the Editor

Save on energy costs

Florida’s unrelenting heat is often felt in our utility bills. In addition to finding ways to decrease your energy use, you may want to consider products and appliances that use less energy and water. An upcoming tax-free holiday on many energy-efficient appliances and water-saving products will help you do just that. This tax-free holiday runs from Sept. 19-21.

Sales tax will not be collected on the first $1,500 of the price of select ENERGY STAR and WaterSense products this weekend. This could include ceiling fans, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, light bulbs, clothes washers, bathroom sink faucets, showerheads and more.

ENERGY STAR products use at least 10 percent less energy, and WaterSense products use at least 20 percent less water. Over the life of these appliances, these efficiencies add up to significant savings on your utility bill. To see a complete list of the products covered and to start planning your savings today, go to www.FreshFromFlorida.com/TaxFree.

Ivonne Perez-Suarez, consumer advocate, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Tallahassee