It costs a little green to go green, and while this may cause some companies to delay making energy efficiency upgrades, AT&T’s 2010 results should make business owners rethink this decision. Last year, AT&T’s energy efficiency upgrades resulted in an annualized energy savings of $44 million.

Several energy-friendly changes led to this savings, including:

  • Replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs at more than 1,100 cell sites
  • Removing networking switches at 11 central offices
  • Installing desktop power management software on 169,000 computers
  • Launching an online energy management training program
  • Tracking energy performance through the Energy Scorecard
  • Participating in the EDF Climate Corps program
John Schinter, AT&T’s director of energy, discusses some of these changes, “The roll out of the energy scorecard and energy training program were key factors which enabled AT&T to achieve these significant energy savings. We provided our employees with the needed tracking tools, training and incentives for them to be successful in their tremendous efforts to reduce AT&T’s energy use and realize significant cost savings.” Source: AT&T

Other eco-friendly initiatives underway at AT&T include a massive green fleet, a challenge to customers to go paperless and the use of wind and solar power at several AT&T facilities.