We know that the last weekend of the month of May is Memorial Day weekend, usually associated with the ending of school, BBQ, some kind of water sport (lake, boat, swim, beach…), perhaps even for what it’s meant to acknowledge–those who have died in active military service to our county. Not to make light of the sacrifices many, many soldiers have made for the USA, now we here in Texas have another reason to enjoy the weekend: This year will be the first time WaterSense products and certain water conservation products will be tax exempt!
Backstory: You are probably familiar with ENERGY STAR, a widely recognized and trusted label on products that meet strict energy-efficiency requirements set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Products that have earned the ENERGY STAR label will help you save energy and money without sacrificing features or functionality. For several years now, certain ENERGY STAR products have been tax-exempt if purchased during the Memorial Day weekend.
Find out answers to all your energy related questions at the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website because I am excited to discuss the new part of this tax-free weekend–the water part! This year, you can buy certain water-efficient and water-conserving products tax free during the Water-Efficient Products Sales Tax Holiday.
The 2016 holiday begins Saturday, May 28, and goes through Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day). During the holiday period, you can buy any product tax-free that displays a WaterSense label or logo. (Pictured at the right).
According to the comptroller’s website, you can buy any WaterSense labeled item tax-free, or any product (such as the ones listed below) that will help make your residence more water efficient, such as:
- WaterSense labeled toilets, showerheads, and faucents
- a soaker or drip-irrigation hose
- a moisture control for a sprinkler or irrigation system (like a soil-moisture sensor)
- mulch* (*note: you can get this free year-round if you are a City of RR water customer. Just take your bill to the brush recycling center at 310 Deepwood Dr).
- a rain barrel** or an alternative rain and moisture collection system (**note: rain water collection barrels, tanks are tax-exempt year-round in Texas.)
- a permeable ground cover surface that allows water to reach underground basins, aquifers or water collection points (like paving stones with holes in them)
- plants, trees and grasses
- water-saving surfactants
Of course, this isn’t meant to be an all-inclusive list, it’s merely to make you aware of the tax-free holiday. Find the full details at the Texas Comptroller’s website. You could certainly use this to maximize your water (and money) savings at your home. Because, don’t forget, the City’s Water Conservation Program gives rebates on WaterSense labeled toilets, and specific irrigation components (like controllers, sensors, some sprinkler heads, and well at rain barrels). Find out rebate information here.
Make this the month you start saving more!