Coal and natural gas, both carbon intensive fuel sources, provide over 60% of the electricity available worldwide. Nuclear, hydro, wind and solar provide cleaner power, but the process of acquiring them is too costly for the average American. Instead, Marcus Hiles suggests smart and limited use of lights, refrigeration, entertainment and cleaning appliances. Simply switching from old, incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent lights can reduce up to 80% of the energy required to operate them, and new light emitting diodes (LED) perform even better. Fridges and freezers can be made more efficient by not setting them too cold, insuring they are properly sealed, are well defrosted, and located in the coolest area possible. Televisions, computers, phones and other technology should be turned off and unplugged when not in use, as even their standby consumption can be significant. Laundry machines and dishwashers often have very high wattage, and their necessity makes it difficult to limit their use. However, reductions can be made by selecting the coldest temperature possible, and by only washing full loads.
Situated north of Houston in Conroe, The Grand Estates in the Forest is an example of extraordinary rental living; for example,rich green expanses attached the W.G. Jones State Forest, fairways, and rich parks. “Individuals living in these homes welcome the idea of having a gourmet summer kitchen including farm-fresh produce while also including an expert fitness trainer to help them achieve their health goals,” states Marcus Hiles. Nearby in Magnolia, The Estates Woodland offers inhabitants sumptuously assigned lofts with large galleries and walk-in pantries. Families can hang out in the on-site park and children’s activity zone, while some tenants can appreciate the diverse tracks made for running or walking. San Antonio’s The Estates at Briggs Ranch offers rich points of interest for those with a sharp acumen for subtle elements, for example, highlight pendant lighting, crown adornment, and garden tubs. With golf benefits and splendid gold courses, Briggs Ranch can be an intriguing component for golfers of all levels.
Putting environmental stewardship at the core of his development practices is crucially important to 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 explained. Hiles, the Chairman and CEO of Western Rim Property Services, puts his philosophy into action in 15,000 luxury rental townhomes and apartments he has developed in the Lone Star State. A major marker of his eco-friendly building practices is installing appliances certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as ENERGY STAR compliant. The ENERGY STAR program launched in 1992, and Americans’ ENERGY STAR usage has cut carbon dioxide emissions by 283.2 million metric tons since then. Because the average Texan is paying $1,650 per year in electrical bills and $400 per year for natural gas, energy efficient appliances mean utility savings of up to 50 percent.
Marcus Hiles is one of the most prominent business and real estate development leaders in Texas. Through carefully observation of the state’s record of inviting in new businesses, he is excited to explain that “Companies are relocating to Texas in order to take advantage of our business-friendly policies and stable workforce.” The growth is sending productivity and exports, which were valued at $251 billion in 2015, higher and higher. Also on the increase are foreign investors, now employing more than a half million workers ithroughout the state. Texas saw a 93 percent growth in exports with free trade agreement partners over the past ten years and exported $45.4 billion worth of computers and electronics alone during this time period, along with $44.1 billion in oil and coal products and $39.9 billion in chemicals. Texas’ biggest trading partner is Mexico, followed by Canada, China, Korea, and Brazil. Hiles notes that the pro-growth stance is causing increased job opportunities, contrasted with states like California, which lost over 1,500 businesses over the past eight years.