Marcus Hiles, a famed Texas real estate developer, firmly believes in the importance of environmental stewardship. “I am commited to integrating nature in creating communities in order to reduce the carbon footprint of humanity,” he remarks. Such philosophy of the Chairman and CEO of Western Rim Property Services was realized at the state of Texas where over 15,000 luxury rental townhomes and apartments stand. As one of his environment-friendly building practices, he makes sure that all the appliances installed within the homes have ENERGY STAR labels of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A total of 283.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emitted in the US have been reduced since the launch of ENERGY STAR in 1992. Annual cost of electrical bills for an average Texan is $1650 and $400 more annually for those who use natural gas at the same time but because of the availability of energy efficient appliances in residences; those costs are cut back up to 50 percent.