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Faircloth gets bright idea for pro-LED bill

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Bernard, Lora-MarieBy Lora-Marie Bernard

A BILL quietly introduced by Rep. Wayne Faircloth will receive a public hearing next week as he seeks a tax exemption for LED lights purchased during the Energy Star sales tax holiday.
If the bill becomes law, the tax exemption would take effect during 2016 Memorial Day weekend.
The bill has received less attention than Faircloth’s proposal to rename the Galveston Causeway to honor the George and Cynthia Mitchell for their contributions to the island.  Regardless, the bill pushes an agenda that environmentalists began several years ago to recognize more energy-efficient products and boost purchase of them for home use.
A Tuesday public hearing for the proposed bill was announced Thursday. HB 1625 was filed in February and read on the floor on March 9 when it was assigned to the House Ways and Means committee.
The bill would replace language in Section 151.33(b) of the Tax Code and add light-emitting diode (LED) lightbulb to the list that now contains incandescent and fluorescent lightbulbs.
Energy Star states LEDs use about 70-90 percent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. They last 10 to 25 times longer and saves $30 to $80 in electricity costs over its lifetime.
They meet strict quality and efficiency standards that are tested by accredited labs and certified by a third party and produce about 70-90 percent less heat, so it’s safer to operate. That means they can also cut home cooling costs.
Energy Star Tax Sales Holiday finds it roots in 2007 when House Bill 3693 made sweeping energy-efficiency measures throughout Texas. Schools consumption, utilities, building audits, renewable energies and other energy-reduction programs were addressed in it.
At that time, the legislature tapped the Memorial Day weekend as the time to celebrate some Energy Star appliances exclusively.
The 2015 tax holiday begins one minute after midnight on May 23 and ends one minute before midnight on May 25.
The following is a list of current Energy Star appliances that are eligible for the exemption at the current time: air conditioner that does not cost more than $6,000, clothes washer, ceiling fan, dehumidifier, dishwasher, incandescent or fluorescent lightbulb, programmable thermostat, refrigerator that does not cost more than $2,000.

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