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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina consumers who buy energy-saving appliances this weekend won’t have to pay sales tax.

The state holds the tax holiday for the fourth year beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday.

The savings applies to qualified products that meet Energy Star efficiency guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. Qualified products feature the Energy Star label.

Tax-exempt products include qualified clothes washers, freezers, refrigerators, central air conditioners, room air conditioners, air-source heat pumps, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats.

Purchases by businesses are not tax-free.

The cost of the products don’t affect whether they qualify. Purchases must be for immediate delivery to qualify.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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