From Saturday, February 18, through Monday, February 20 (i.e., Presidents’ Day Weekend), consumers will not pay the state’s 6% sales tax on qualifying ENERGY STAR appliances.  In order to be exempt the item must both be a “qualifying item” and bear the Energy Star label.

Per the Comptroller’s website (link), the following types of products bearing the Energy Star label will qualify:

  • Air conditioners,
  • Washers and dryers,
  • Furnaces,
  • Heat pumps,
  • Boilers,
  • Solar water heaters (tax-exempt at all times now),
  • Standard size refrigerators,
  • Dehumidifiers,
  • Programmable thermostats,
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs, and
  • Light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs.

The Comptroller’s flyer states that the following items are NOT included:

  • Wine and dorm-sized refrigerators,
  • microwaves,
  • dishwashers,
  • stoves,
  • windows, and
  • doors and other building materials.

The Energy Star label indicates that they product has 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. For a list of the all such items visit the Energy Star program’s webpage (

According to the Comptroller’s flyer for the event, the exemption will apply to internet sales that are completed during the tax-free weekend.

Shop Maryland Energy weekend occurs every year (unless there is a legislative amendment) from the Saturday immediately preceding the third Monday in February until the third Monday of February (i.e., President’s Day Weekend).

For more information, visit the Comptroller of Maryland’s Web site,, e-mail, or call 410-260-7980 in Central Maryland, or toll-free, 1-800-MD-TAXES. See also the Comptroller’s press release (link).