Potential homebuyers and apartment renters can follow Marcus Hiles’ advice for significant savings on their air conditioning bills. He recommends that potential buyers and renters look for properties with newer air conditioning units that have a SEER rating of at least 16. Even though the requirement for new air conditioners is only 13 to 14, it is beneficial to go with a higher number. When comparing a 16+ unit with an older unit with a rating of 10 there are significant savings – up to 60 percent. Hiles’ property services company supplies its units with newer air conditioners that see savings of $424,000 every year. That means over $6 million saved in just five years. They also come with the added benefit of reducing carbon emissions by up to 327,000 tons over ten years.
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.