Texans familiar with saving money during tax holidays preceding the start of the school year now have another way to save. During the weekend of May 24-26, Texans won't have to pay sales tax on products with the Energy Star rating. You can save money and energy at the same time.

The sales tax holiday will apply to a wide range of products, from refrigerators under $2,000 to fluorescent light bulbs. Cyrus Reed, a lobbyist for the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club, said, ”This is about giving folks a little break on the up front costs of energy-efficient products so they can save over the long term energy and save money and also help save our environment.”

Saving money is always attractive, and is particularly so during these tough economic times. That's the aim of the Energy Star program, which is a joint effort of the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. Certain specifications and requirements are used to designate products as qualified for the Energy Star designation.

According to an Energy Star Web page, ”Results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved enough energy in 2007 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 27 million cars — all while saving $16 billion on their utility bills.”

State Sen. Rodney Ellis said he's going to work toward the addition of other products for next year's tax exemption that aren't on the list this year. That will give consumers even more choices of products that meet the stringent efficiency requirements of Energy Star. If you're in the market for appliances or other energy efficient products, you might get some good deals during the May 24-26 tax holiday. And you'll be saving energy at the same time.

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—El Paso Times