Reducing Your Carbon Footprint

By Marcus Hiles, Special for  USDR

A great portion of individual carbon costs comes from the housing sector as households are prone to excessive usage of gas, electricity, water and waste disposal. Marcus Hiles, Chairman and CEO of Western Rim Property Services, recently revealed the many steps his corporation takes in order to provide environmentally friendly and energy-efficient residences, and what occupants can do to further assist at  home.

For the average US citizen, heating and cooling accounts for almost 50% of carbon emissions. To reduce these, each Western Rim property utilizes three primary strategies: effective insulation, Energy Star rated systems, and programmable thermostats with advanced options to set different temperatures for certain rooms. Using the thermostat to segment rooms into warmer or cooler zones and decrease usage when away will optimize energy savings. 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.

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. Water is a significant source of emissions in most first-world countries, with over ten gallons used per person per day. Taking shorter, cooler showers, fewer baths, and turning off the faucet when brushing or shaving are a few simple conservation  techniques.

Marcus Hiles is a renowned Texas real estate investor and developer. Over the course of three decades, Hiles has utilized his ability to anticipate market trends to carefully select real estate parcels and build stunning developments that include private lakes, large parks, vineyards, and access to championship golf courses. A graduate of Pepperdine and Rice universities, Hiles has worked to alleviate hardships for economically disadvantaged women and children and completely funded the construction of two large churches in Texas and  Massachusetts.

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