ENERGY is the lifeblood of modern civilization, fuelling our homes, industries, and daily activities.

From the moment we wake up to the time we go to bed, energy plays a crucial role in providing comfort, convenience, and accessibility in our lives. Imagine a day without electricity to light our homes, power our devices, or run our appliances - it’s hard to imagine functioning in such a world.

However, the predominant method of energy production from fossil fuels comes with significant environmental costs.

Not only does burning fossil fuels pollute the environment, but it also contributes to climate change, posing a threat to our planet’s future.

Additionally, there is the looming issue of energy security, as fossil fuel reserves arefinite and running out.

Recognising the urgent need for change, there is a rising demand for a shift towards sustainable energy (SE).

Established in 2011, the Sustainable Energy Development Authority (SEDA) Malaysia is a government agency under the Ministry of Energy Transition and Water Transformation (PETRA) entrusted with spearheading the development of the SE industry in the nation.

With a mission to guide the advancement of SE in harmony with overarching national policies to foster a sustainable future, SEDA has been executing numerous programs and initiatives introduced by the Government to facilitate the country’s achievement of its net-zero target by 2050.

One innovative approach SEDA Malaysia embraced is the “Sustainability Starts at Home’’ campaign, which advocates for a comprehensive application of SE – Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in our daily life according to the Energy Management Pyramid. Inspired by Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, the pyramid showcases energy management behaviour in the lowest tier, followed by energy-efficient appliances.

Lastly, renewable energy technology is at the top tier. The campaign aims to empower individuals to make a difference in their daily lives by promoting simple yet effective energy-saving practices. From turning off switches when not in use to controlling air conditioner temperatures and unplugging electrical devices, these practices may seem small but can yield significant energy savings.

By reducing energy consumption, individuals not only lower their electricity bills but also contribute to reducing carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation. This ripple effect is crucial in combating climate change and building a sustainable future for future generations.

Beyond conservation, the next step in the energy pyramid is the adoption of energy-efficient appliances. SEDA Malaysia’s SAVE 4.0 rebate program incentivises the purchase of energy-efficient appliances, offering rebates up to RM400 for 4-5 star-rated refrigerators and air conditioners.

Malaysia’s power mix Finally, the pinnacle of the energy pyramid is renewable energy.

For households, programs like the NEM 3.0 offer opportunities to install solar panels and generate clean, renewable energy right at home.

In conclusion, transitioning to sustainable energy is a necessity and a responsibility we owe to our planet and future generations. By taking action today, each individual can play a part in powering their lives sustainably and building a brighter, greener future for all.

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