PETALING Jaya City Council (MBPJ) is showing it means business in making the city greener, by dangling a RM100,000 carrot for property owners in 2012.
The amount for the Low-Carbon Green Rebate Assessment Scheme has increased from the RM50,000 set aside last year.
The scheme, introduced in 2011, is aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of Petaling Jaya’s denizens by curbing water and electricity wastage.
The money is allocated from the council’s annual budget.
Petaling Jaya deputy mayor Puasa Md Taib said the council believed in using persuasion rather than force in its green effort.
“We want to create a greener environment by offering more incentives rather than through regulatory means.”
He said this when launching the programme at MBPJ headquarters in Jalan Yong Shook Lin yesterday.
Also present were councillor and Green City Committee chairman Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainudin and Petaling Jaya One-Stop Centre chief Lee Lih Shyan, who drew up various green initiatives introduced by the council.
Khairul said the council had approved the green rebate scheme to entice residents to go green, cut carbon emissions and at the same time save money in a whole new way.
“We are encouraging people to improve the environment while they spend less, save more and enjoy rebates on their assessment.
“In 2011, residents in Petaling Jaya had benefited from the green rebate initiative where some of them had qualified for the RM500 rebate while others enjoyed rebates of between RM150 and RM380,” he said.
This year, the council’s focus is on cutting water wastage and getting residents to install LED lights and solar-powered water heaters to cut down on their electricity bill.
“United Nations recommends each person should only use 165 litres of water per day but in Selangor, on average each person uses 237 litres of water per day. This is even more than the national average where each Malaysian uses 202 litres of water per day,” said Khairul.
He added that besides preserving resources, MBPJ also aimed to put cash back into residents’ pockets through the green initiatives.
Puasa said the council was working to inculcate a culture among Petaling Jaya residents of being environment-conscious.
The rebate scheme is open to both residential and commercial properties. Lee said that MBPJ had paid out RM18,000 last year under the scheme.
Of the more than 100 households which applied for rebates, less than half fulfilled the criteria.
Applicants who submit their claims for rebates will be assessed by a panel comprising five members who are experts on environmental issues.
There are nine items on the checklist, including installing rain harvester, composting and owning a hybrid car, to be fulfilled in order to obtain the maximum rebate of RM500.