NEWS RELEASE
Office of Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr.


July 12, 2001 Media Inquiries: Sean Caine 410-576-6357

AT A TIME OF HIGH ENERGY COSTS, CURRAN REMINDS CONSUMERS OF BENEFITS OF ENERGY-SAVING APPLIANCES

Baltimore - In this month's issue of his Consumer's Edge newsletter, Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. alerts consumers to the benefits of buying energy-efficient appliances.

"Your home may be filled with old appliances that are energy-guzzlers. If it's time to get a new appliance, look for an energy-efficient one. It will pay off in lower utility bills over the course of its life," said Curran.

As an example, Curran says a new energy-efficient refrigerator can cost $35 to $70 less a year to run than a 10-year-old one.

An easy way to make sure an appliance is energy-efficient is to check if it has an ENERGY STAR® label. This is given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy to appliances that are especially energy-efficient. As an added incentive, for the next two years Marylanders who buy certain ENERGY STAR qualified washing machines, room air conditioners and refrigerators don't have to pay state sales tax on them. Consumers can get more information about the tax exemption by calling the Maryland Energy Administration at 1-800-723-6364 or visiting its website at www.energy.state.md.us/incentive.htm.

Curran's office distributes The Consumer's Edge free to more than 900 businesses, agencies, schools and community associations. Groups interested in receiving a monthly issue should call 410-576-6956. Issues of the newsletter are also available at the Attorney General's website at www.oag.state.md.us/consumer.

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