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.