2 W.Va. Programs Encourage Energy Efficiency

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Two state-funded programs that encourage West Virginians to buy energy efficient appliances are expected to overlap in the fall, giving consumers an opportunity to maximize their savings.

The state's Energy Star sales tax holiday begins Sept. 1 and runs through Nov. 30. The break from the 6 percent sales tax applies to all noncommercial purchases of Energy Star products worth up to $5,000.

A rebate program sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Program began in June and will continue until its funding is exhausted.

The program provides rebates to state residents who buy energy-efficient appliances such as refrigerators, clothes washers and dishwashers through participating retailers.

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