Sales Tax Holiday for Energy-Efficient Appliances

July 31, 2020


In November 2007, Maryland enacted legislation creating a sales and use tax "holiday" for certain energy-efficient appliances, beginning in 2011. Under the law, qualifying appliances purchased during a designated period are not subject to the state sales and use tax (6%). The holiday time frame is established as a three-day period running from "the Saturday immediately preceding the third Monday in February through the third Monday in February each year". In 2015, the holiday runs from February 14 to February 16

In order to qualify for the exemption, qualifying pieces of equipment must be designated as meeting or exceeding the efficiency requirements of the ENERGY STAR program. The law defines eligible ENERGY STAR product types as follows:

  • Air conditioners (ENERGY STAR designation includes both central and room air conditioners)
  • Clothes washers*
  • Furnaces
  • Heat pumps
  • Standard size refrigerators
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • LED lighting
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Boilers
  • Programmable thermostats**

The law also lists solar water heaters and heat pumps (presumably including geothermal heat pumps) as eligible for the exemption. However, a separate law offers a less restrictive year-round sales and use tax exemption for renewable energy equipment, including both solar water heaters and geothermal heat pumps. Frequently asked questions about the incentive can be accessed here

*While the law also defines clothes dryers as an eligible appliance, the ENERGY STAR program does not currently certify clothes dryers.

**The ENERGY STAR specification for programmable thermostats was suspended December 31, 2009.


Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Maryland
Incentive Type: Sales Tax Incentive
Web Site:
Administrator: Comptroller of Maryland
Start Date: 2011
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Solar Water Heat
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Clothes Washers
  • Refrigerators/Freezers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Lighting
  • Furnaces
  • Boilers
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Programmable Thermostats
  • LED Lighting
Incentive Amount: 100% exemption
Maximum Incentive: None
Equipment Requirements: Equipment must meet Energy Star criteria


Name: Md. TAX-GENERAL Code § 11-226
Date Enacted: 11/19/2007 (subsequently amended)
Effective Date: 07/01/2008 (exemption did not begin until 2011)
Name: HB 786
Date Enacted: 05/05/2014
Effective Date: 07/01/2014


Name: Information Specialist - Shop Maryland
Organization: Comptroller of Maryland
Annapolis MD 21411-0001
Phone: (800) 638-2937

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.