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May 22nd, 2009
Efficiency rebate weekend starts Saturday


Texans have the opportunity to save more than $3 million dollars on energy efficient appliances during the second annual Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday, which begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday and ends at 11:59 p.m. on May 25.

“This weekend, Texans have the opportunity to cash in not once, but twice, on energy efficient appliances,” said Texas Comptroller Susan Combs in a recent statement on the Energy Star Sales Tax Holiday.

Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved $19 billion on their utility bills in 2008. According to a recent report by the Texas Comptroller’s Office, increased energy efficiency, including the use of energy star appliances, will save Texas consumers $2 billion per year.

City of San Marcos utility customers can also receive rebates for purchasing energy efficient programmable thermostats and clothes washers.

To qualify for the thermostat rebate, an applicant must be a City of San Marcos Electric Utility customer, and must purchase an Energy Star programmable thermostat during the sales tax holiday.  The rebate amount is $50 or the thermostat cost, whichever is less.

To qualify for the clothes washer rebate, residents must be City of San Marcos Water/Wastewater Utility customers and must purchase a qualifying clothes washer as specified by the city. The rebate is $50, $75 or $100, depending on the level of efficiency.

For more information on city rebate programs contact Jan Klein with the city at (512) 393-8310, or visit the City of San Marcos water and electric utility websites at and

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0 thoughts on “Efficiency rebate weekend starts Saturday

  1. We bought two new ENERGY STAR qualified programmable thermostats this weekend. Now I get to install them!

  2. I installed a EStar programmable last year. Compared one year over the previous, I saved about $20/month. Smartest home improvement I ever made, and probably one of the easiest.

  3. I think my savings are about the same. The weather has been a little milder so far this year, so it’s hard to tell. If I’m home during the day I need to turn the a/c down a little, but most of the savings are when it automatically lets the temperature rise when no-one is home during the day. I still need to adjust the timing for the weekends, but the unit has already paid for it’s self a few times.

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