10th January 2022 - 6 min read
The government has once again brought back the Sustainability Achieved via Energy Efficiency (SAVE) initiative, this time dubbed SAVE 3.0. An extension of the previous SAVE 2.0, this round of the initiative has been enhanced with better benefits, with Malaysians able to enjoy up to a maximum of RM400 rebate for the purchase of energy efficient electrical appliances. The treatment of the rebate and the eligibility criteria have also been altered slightly.
Read on to find out more about the SAVE 3.0 programme, and how you can apply for it.
As we’ve mentioned earlier, SAVE 3.0 is a follow-up to the SAVE 2.0 programme, and shares a similar aim, namely to raise public awareness and to encourage more Malaysians to purchase energy efficient appliances. Launched under the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (KeTSA), it is implemented by the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) with help from the Energy Commission, and is set to run the whole year long – from January to December 2022.
In terms of benefits, SAVE 3.0 will allow you to enjoy up to RM400 rebate when you purchase appliances that have a 4- or 5-star energy efficiency rating (as labelled by the Energy Commission). This is double the amount offered via SAVE 2.0, which provided a lesser rebate of RM200 for similar purchases.
Unlike SAVE 2.0 – which let you apply the entire RM200 rebate on the purchases of energy-efficient air conditioners and fridges only – SAVE 3.0 distributes the offered RM400 rebate via two categories of purchases.
As you can see in the chart above, you can only tap into a rebate of RM200 under Category 1 for the purchase of an air conditioner or refrigerator (this is essentially a repeat of SAVE 2.0). Meanwhile, the remaining RM200 rebate is to be applied via a separate purchase under Category 2, when you are buying selected appliances, including televisions, washing machines, microwave ovens, and rice cookers. Each of these items will have its own cap on the rebate that can be claimed (between RM50 to RM200).
To redeem the SAVE 3.0 rebate, you must be a Malaysian citizen holding a registered account with electrical companies within the country. These include Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Sabah Electricity Berhad (SESB), Sarawak Energy Berhad (SEB), and Nur Power Sdn Bhd.
Each electricity bill account is entitled to one redemption of the RM400 rebate (RM200 under Category 1 and 2, respectively), offered on a first-come first-served basis. However, note that if you’ve already tapped into the previous SAVE 2.0 programme, you will now only be eligible to apply for the remaining rebate of up to RM200 that is provided under SAVE 3.0 (Category 2).
Here’s a table by SEDA to better summarise which users are entitled to the discounts offered under SAVE 3.0:
Just like SAVE 2.0 – which allowed eligible individuals to claim the previous rebate via e-commerce platforms Shopee and Lazada, as well as registered retailers – SAVE 3.0, too, will employ a similar process. It is also possible to get your SAVE 3.0 rebates from PGMall.
Purchasing through Shopee
If you wish to make your purchase through Shopee, head on over to its SAVE 3.0 microsite and browse through the products listed there, ensuring that you are purchasing appliances that are eligible for the programme. Alternatively, you can search for products with the SAVE 3.0 tag.
Once you’ve decided on your item, message the seller of the appliance, who will then help to you to apply for the SAVE 3.0 voucher. Once approved, the voucher code will be shared with you. Make sure to key in the unique voucher code under “Shop Vouchers” during the checkout process!
Purchasing through Lazada
Lazada users will also go through a somewhat similar process; head on over to the platform’s SAVE 3.0 microsite to start browsing, and then start a chat with the respective sellers to initiate the voucher application once you’ve determined on your item. Next, tap on “Send Product”, and “I Want SAVE 3.0 Voucher” – after which you’ll be prompted to provide some details. A voucher link will be shared with you once your application is approved. Click on it, and then proceed to check out the item.
Purchasing through PGMall
Browse through the products tagged in PGMall’s SAVE 3.0 campaign page, and then initiate chat with the approved sellers for your voucher application. You may be required to provide some documentation for verification. The application process may take more than three days, and once it’s approved, you can apply your unique code during the checkout process. Feel free to also stack it with PGMall shipping fee voucher – or any other available vouchers – for maximum discount!
Purchasing through retailers
Likewise, consumers who prefer to purchase their electrical appliances directly through registered retailers can also apply for the SAVE 3.0 rebate. When buying your appliances at the retailers, just make sure to bring along your electricity bills and NRIC to assist with the voucher application process – and they’ll take it from there.
The vendor will help to check on your eligibility, and then submit all relevant purchasing information to SEDA on your behalf. They’ll also attach any invoices or receipts as proof of your purchase, so you won’t need to worry about having to submit any supporting documents on your side.
You can find the full list of retailers registered for SAVE 3.0 here.
On top of the RM400 rebate, Malaysians affected by the recent floods across the country are also provided with an additional RM500 rebate to help replace their damaged electrical appliances. Each household is allowed one redemption of this rebate via the SAVE 3.0 initiative, and the application process is similar to the ones described above.
Do note that aside from your electricity bills and a photocopy of your IC, your application for the flood relief voucher must also be accompanied by additional supporting documents from relevant authorities to prove that you were impacted by the floods. These authorities can be the police force, the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA), district officers, community leaders, and other government agencies involved in the flood relief effort.
With this latest rollout of the SAVE 3.0 programme, it is hoped that Malaysians will be more inclined to spend on energy-efficient appliances, and help the country to achieve its goals in the National Energy Effiency Action Plan (2016-2025).
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