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October 5, 2006

... From the Office of the Governor

Contact: Kristy Campbell (850) 488-5394

Florida's Inaugural Sales Tax Holiday for Energy Efficient Products Begins Today

--Tax-free week encourages Floridians to purchase ENERGY STAR™ products--

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Jeb Bush today encouraged residents to take advantage of Floridas inaugural sales tax holiday for energy efficient products. The sales tax holiday is an important component of the 2006 Florida Energy Act, spearheaded by the Governor and the Florida Legislature. Coinciding with Energy Efficient Week, Floridians can purchase certain energy efficient appliances and products free of sales tax.

"Florida is a national leader in promoting renewable energy and developing innovative programs that enhance energy efficiency, reduce energy costs for consumers and protect our environment," said Governor Bush. "Through diversity and conservation, we can reduce our dependence on imported oil, spur economic growth and ensure that a balanced mix of fuel sources and technologies are readily available for years to come."

To promote energy conservation during Energy Awareness Month, Governor Jeb Bush signed a proclamation recognizing October 5 – 11, 2006, as Energy Efficient Week. Energy Efficient Week encourages Floridians to invest in energy efficient products by providing relief from sales tax for approved products and appliances for up to $1,500. Qualifying energy efficient products include a dishwasher, clothes washer, air conditioner, ceiling fan, incandescent or fluorescent light bulb, dehumidifier, programmable thermostat, or refrigerator that meets all requirements of the ENERGY STAR program.

"Energy Efficient Week encourages Floridians to take steps at home to conserve energy by investing in energy efficient products at a savings," said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Colleen M. Castille. "The 2006 Florida Energy Act passed just this year provides incentives for conservation and promotes the development of alternative energy technologies such as ethanol, solar and hydrogen through grant programs and targeted investments."

The 2006 Florida Energy Act takes the first comprehensive step toward a diverse, reliable and secure energy future by reducing regulatory barriers to expedite electric generation capacity and providing rebates, grants and tax incentives to drive the development of alternative fuel technologies. The four year, $100 million plan will diversify the states fuel supply, reduce Floridas dependence on imported oil, spur economic growth and promote energy conservation and efficiency.

For more information on energy in Florida, visit www.floridaenergy.org. To view the Governors proclamation, visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/secretary/news/2006/proc/energy_efficient.pdf.