TAIPEI (CNA) — Sales of energy efficient household appliances have been booming in Taiwan since June, when a government incentive scheme was introduced to encourage the replacement of older electrical appliances, according to the Ministry of Finance (MOF).
Between June 15 and August 11, some 194,025 energy efficient household appliances were sold, with buyers earning NT$325 million (US$10.37 million) in tax refund under the incentive initiative, ministry tallies showed.
The most popular appliances were air-conditioners, which accounted for sales of 142,273 units and total tax refund of NT$256 million, the MOF said.
During the two-month period, 42,106 refrigerators and 9,646 dehumidifiers were sold, which gave the buyers a total of NT$61 million and NT$8 million, respectively, in tax refund, the ministry said.
Under the scheme that was launched June 15, consumers can collect a commodity tax refund of between NT$500 and NT$2,000 per unit for the purchase of refrigerators, air-conditioners and dehumidifiers designated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs as energy efficient.
The government is also providing a commodity tax refund of NT$50,000 to NT$400,000 for the purchase of newer models of diesel trucks, based on their weight, in an effort to reduce air pollution.
As of Aug. 11, the finance ministry said, it had received 203 applications for the tax refund on truck purchases.
By Wu Chia-jung and Evelyn Kao