Environmental conservation is core to the philosophy of renowned Texas real estate developer Marcus Hiles. “Creating communities that work in harmony with nature and lessen humanity’s carbon footprint is a responsibility I embrace,” he notes. Hiles, Chairman and CEO of Western Rim Property Services, has adapted his philosophy and turn it into reality in over 15,000 high class rental townhomes and apartments in the Lone Star State. One key element of his eco-friendly building procedures is setting up appliances labeled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as ENERGY STAR. In 1992 when the program was launched, Americans’ ENERGY STAR usage has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 283.2 million metric tons. With the average Texan paying $1,650 per year in electrical bills and another $400 annually for natural gas, energy efficient appliances mean utility savings of up to 50 percent.