Western Rim CEO Marcus Hiles proudly contributes a positive impact on the quality of Texas’ eco-system with a 59 acre land donation. The land will be used to create much-needed recreation spaces throughout the state which will encourage healthier living for residents and improve the quality of surrounding air.
Coal and natural gas, both carbon intensive energy sources, produce over 60% of the electricity available worldwide. Nuclear, hydro, wind and solar provide cleaner power, but implementing them into the home is too costly for the average American. Instead, Western Rim CEO Marcus Hiles suggests monitoring use of lights, refrigeration, entertainment and cleaning appliances to ensure maximum efficiency. Simply switching from incandescent light bulbs to compact fluorescent lights will reduce up to 80% of the energy needed to operate them, and new light emitting diodes (LED) are even more efficient. Fridges and freezers can be increasingly efficient by not setting them too cold, making sure they are properly sealed and well defrosted, and located in the coolest area possible. Televisions, computers, phones and other electronics should be turned off and unplugged when not being used, as even their standby consumption can be significant. Laundry machines and dishwashers often have very high wattage, and because they are so necessary, it can difficult to limit their use. However, reductions can be made by selecting colder temperatures, and only washing full loads.
Marcus Hiles forward his expertise in analyzing the impact that various building features and materials have on energy loss when planning and building. He manages window placement strategies that enhance a housing development’s orientation and materials — and take into account fluctuating Texas temperatures — to prevent heat gain in the summer and promote heat retention in the winter. Through the installation of windows with the proper solar coefficient, frames that prevent air leakage, and shading devices, the loss of a home’s heated air and cooled air is minimized. This produces fewer carbon emissions and greater cost savings. In order to lessen the shifting of heat from the sun through the roof and into air ducts, Hiles furnishes the power of radiant roof panels to bounce summer heat away from the home, thus minimizing cooling costs by five to ten percent. He makes bigger value by installing air conditioning systems that have a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) that exceeds government orders. This concludes in further reductions in carbon and generates over $420,000 in energy savings for those living in Western Rim Property Services communities.