Buy Energy-Saving Products Feb. 18-20 and Search for EV Incentives
Homeowners thinking about upgrading an appliance, replacing a refrigerator, or even changing a light bulb, can do so tax free on Presidents Day weekend.
On Feb. 18-20, purchases of the following energy-efficient Energy Star products are free from Maryland’s 6% sales tax:
- Air conditioners.
- Washers and dryers.
- Heat pumps.
- Solar water heaters (tax exempt at all times).
- Standard-size refrigerators.
- Programmable thermostats.
- LED light bulbs.
Learn more about Energy Star products at www.energystar.gov. Learn more about the tax-free weekend by visiting www.marylandtaxes.gov and searching “Shop Maryland Energy.”
In addition, Pepco offers customers rebates on Energy Star appliances. Learn more at homeenergysavings.pepco.com/appliance-rebate-program.
Washington Gas also offers residential and commercial rebates, including, for residential customers, rebates on furnaces, gas clothes dryers and standard or tankless water heaters. Learn more at washingtongas.com/rebates.
Energy assistance may be available for customers having trouble paying their utility bills. Visit bit.ly/utilityassistance.
Find more energy-saving tips at www.washingtongas.com/safety-education/education/winter-preparedness and additional resources at mygreenmontgomery.org.
Thinking of purchasing an electric vehicle? The Montgomery County EV Purchasing Co-op works with local dealerships to highlight incentives and discounts to save customers money when purchasing or leasing a new or used electric vehicle. For more information and quick links to dealership incentives, visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/green/zev/ev-dealership-incentives.html.
Many of these opportunities can be combined with rebates and tax credits offered through the federal Inflation Reduction Act. Tax credits will apply to purchases made on or after Jan. 1, 2023. Rebate details are still being determined. Find updates and more information about the increased federal aid for energy-efficiency upgrades, appliances, solar and electric vehicles at opc.maryland.gov/Consumer-Learning/Inflation-Reduction-Act.
To mark Earth Month, the city will waive fees for permits during April for solar panel installations, electric vehicle charging stations and geothermal-related permits. Find more details in the March issue of “Rockville Reports.”