“Shop Maryland Energy Weekend” Takes Place Feb. 17-19

Montgomery County is encouraging residents to participate in the annual “Shop Maryland Energy Weekend,” taking place February 17-19.

Shop Maryland Energy Weekend is an annual three-day period in February when Maryland’s sales and use tax does not apply to the sale of solar water heaters and certain Energy Star products. Items include:
• air conditioners
• clothes washers
• clothes dryers
• furnaces
• heat pumps
• standard size refrigerators
• compact fluorescent light bulbs
• dehumidifiers
• boilers
• programmable thermostats

Per the news release: The “2024 Shop Maryland Energy Weekend” from Feb. 17-19 will save consumers money on select energy-efficient appliances. During the annual three-day period, Maryland’s sales and use tax does not apply to the sale of solar water heaters and certain Energy Star products.

Among the items that will be free of Maryland sales tax during the weekend are solar water heaters. Other qualifying Energy Star products could include the following: air conditioners, clothes washers, clothes dryers, furnaces, heat pumps, standard size refrigerators, compact fluorescent light bulbs, dehumidifiers, boilers or programmable thermostats.

When shopping for a qualifying Energy Star product, look for the Energy Star label. The Energy Star logo is on all qualified products that meet specific standards for energy efficiency. However, only the specific items listed qualify for the savings. Search for Energy Star products by visiting www.energystar.gov.

Tax savings will apply whether the item is new or used. The sales and use tax exemption applies to qualifying purchases made in-person or online, provided that the seller has acted to immediately fill the order and the buyer has paid for the product during the Shop Maryland Energy Weekend. Transactions for back-ordered products where the buyer is not billed until the product ships do not qualify for the exemption.

More information about the tax-free weekend is available at  https://www.marylandtaxes.gov/divisions/comp/Shop_Maryland_Energy/Shop_Maryland_Energy_FAQs.pdf

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Not your average book festival! This festival offers something for everyone!

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Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

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Get ready to experience the vibrant colors, tantalizing flavors, and infectious rhythms of the Caribbean at the FEST OF SPRING Caribbean Wine Food & Music Festival! Hosted by RHU LLC, this exciting festival is set to take place on May 18, 2024, at the picturesque 16700 Barnesville Rd in Boyds, MD.

Step into a world where the Caribbean spirit comes alive! From 12:00 PM onwards, immerse yourself in a sensory journey that celebrates the unique culture, cuisine, and music of the Caribbean. Whether you're an African American, a Reggae or Soca music enthusiast, a wine lover, or part of the vibrant Caribbean diaspora, this festival promises to delight and captivate you in every way.

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