Environmental conservation is funadamental 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, who is Chairman and CEO of Western Rim Property Services, has transformed his philosophy into action in over 15,000 high class rental townhomes and apartments in the Lone Star State. One base of his eco-friendly building practices is installing appliances branded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as ENERGY STAR. Since the program’s introduction in 1992, Americans’ ENERGY STAR usage has compressed 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.