If you have been putting off buying that fridge or washing machine, this weekend could be the time to buy. It's a sales tax holiday for energy efficient appliances. Stores like Sears are gearing up for the next several days of sales.
One employee said that last year it almost felt like Christmas time in the appliance section, and they are expecting this year to be no different. The appliance must be for non-commercial use and cost less than $2,500 to qualify. But the savings don't stop at the register - the appliances are made to help you save long term.
Sara White, a sales associate at Sears, said, "Old refrigeration you're looking at $70 a year to run, old laundry to run about $60 a year where the new ones run about $12 to $45 in refrigeration."
Randy Smith, a shopper at Sears, says buying energy saving appliances always pay off. "You know, you save for today for tomorrow, and it just makes sense to save."
One Sears employee says it doesn't take a tax free weekend to bring in energy conscious customers.
Eric Seay, an appliance associate at Sears, said, "More of the customers now are very concerned about Energy Star appliances so more and more of our customers are energy conscious, that's what they are looking for when they come through the door."
The sales tax holiday is taking place all across the state of Virginia until Monday evening. Employees at Sears say they expect Monday to be their busiest day because it's the final day of the deal - and a holiday - so if you are trying to beat the traffic you may want to go on Saturday or Sunday.
A complete list of tax-exempt items can be found here: http://www.tax.virginia.gov/site.cfm?alias=EnergyStarQualifiedProductsHoliday