AUSTIN - Texas' fourth-annual Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday this Memorial Day weekend is a great time to purchase new energy efficient appliances without paying state or local sales taxes on qualifying items.

"When you buy an appliance that is ENERGY STAR rated, you will not only save the sales tax, you will also save on your monthly utility bills by reducing your water and energy use," Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said.

The ENERGY STAR Sales Tax Holiday begins Saturday, May 28, and runs through Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. The tax savings apply to the following appliances and household equipment bearing the ENERGY STAR label: central or room air conditioners priced at $6,000 or less, refrigerators priced at $2,000 or less, ceiling fans, compact fluorescent light bulbs, clothes washers, dishwashers, dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats.

More information about the tax holiday is available at www.texaspowerfulsmart.org. For details about ENERGY STAR products, visit www.energystar.gov.