Eco-friendly development policies remain central 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,” Hiles explains. In the over 15,000 luxury rental units his company Western Rim Property Services has developed, the philosophy has been put into action partly by installing appliances labeled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as ENERGY STAR. Since ENERGY STAR’s launch in 1992, the program has helped Americans reduce their carbon dioxide emissions by 283.2 million metric tons. With the average resident in the Lone Star State is paying around $1,650 per year in utility bills and $400 annually for natural gas, these energy efficient appliances mean utility savings of up to 50 percent.