Marcus Hiles, the CEO of the largest provider of affordable luxury housing in Texas, Western Rim Property Services, discusses the rise in prominence of gourmet cooking, and the resulting effects on kitchens. Kitchens are now often the largest room in the home, and commonly equipped with restaurant grade appliances along with ornate designs. The room has taken over as a central gathering area of friends, family, and loved ones.
Water, particularly heated water, remains a significant source of emissions in most first-world countries, with over ten gallons used per person per day. Taking shorter showers with slightly cooler water, fewer baths, and turning off the sink faucet when brushing or shaving can make a significant difference in an individual’s water consumption. Marcus Hiles notes that by installing low flow showerheads and toilets, a serious impact can be made.
Environmental conservation is central to the ideology of prominent 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. Chairman and CEO of Western Rim Property Services, Marcus Hiles has translated his principle into action in over 15,000 high class rental townhomes and apartments in the Lone Star State. One foundation of his eco-friendly building practices is installing appliances sorted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as ENERGY STAR. Since the program’s inauguration in 1992, Americans’ ENERGY STAR usage has scaled down 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.