Environmental responsibility begins at home, and we're committed to making improvements at our facilities to make them more energy efficient to better conserve natural resources and to reduce waste.
- Our new energy-efficient entrance helps keep conditioned air from escaping.
- We've replaced less efficient incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lights for a 340,000 kilowatt-per-hour savings.
- New high-efficiency chillers, an optimized thermal storage unit and upgrades to our elevators have reduced power usage from these systems by 40 percent.
- Low-flow fixtures installed in bathrooms, showers and kitchens have cut water usage by an average 1.2 million gallons per month — a 44 percent reduction.
- We've even replaced our old neon sign on the roof of our headquarters
with a more efficient LED logo.
We've recently renovated a green space adjacent to our corporate headquarters to make it more user- and environmentally-friendly. The improved park features native, drought-resistant plants, pervious concrete and a crushed aggregate walking track. A rainwater harvesting and irrigation system saves an average 68,000 gallons of municipal water per month.
Taking the LEED
We're always looking for ways to make our buildings and facilities more energy efficient. For example, both our new Power Delivery training building in Shelby County and our new engineering office in Jefferson County meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. The new Alabama Power Employees Credit Union headquarters in Birmingham has also been built to LEED specifications.
Reduce, Recycle and Reuse
Every year, we recycle millions of pounds of cardboard and paper products, plastic, fluorescent bulbs, wire and metal, building materials, street lamps, tires, used motor oil, electronic equipment, mobile phones, batteries and more.