Renowned Texas real estate developer Marcus Hiles puts environmental stewardship at the core of his business philosophy. “Creating communities that work in harmony with nature and lessen humanity’s carbon footprint is a responsibility I embrace,” Hiles notes. As Chairman and CEO of Western Rim Property Services, he has implemented his philosophy in over 15,000 upscale rental townhomes and apartments across the Lone Star State. One defining characteristic of his eco-friendly building practices has been installing appliances certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as ENERGY STAR compliant. Since the program’s kickoff in 1992, it has helped American citizens reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 283.2 million metric tons. Currently, the average Texan pays $1,650 per year in electrical bills and an additional $400 annually for natural gas. These energy efficient appliances mean utility savings of up to 50 percent.

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