Marcus Hiles has long been a supporter of renters and homeowners buying the latest ENERGY STAR rated appliances. In 1992, when the US EPA launched the voluntary labeling program, Hiles knew that it would become a powerful influencing factor in consumers’ purchasing decisions. In 2016, individuals and businesses bought 320 million ENERGY STAR rated appliances, and in turn cut utility costs by over $31 billion.
Marcus Hiles advocates that homebuyers and apartment renters locate properties that have central air conditioners with a seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) of 16 or above. Although the Department of Energy requires the newest air conditioners to have a 13 to 14 SEER rating – depending on the type of system – the higher the number, the better. “Compared to a 15-year-old home or apartment with a 10 SEER unit, this will cut your air conditioning bill by 60 percent,” he notes. Hiles’ Western Rim Properties is a leader in air conditioner efficiency, delivering more than $424,000 in energy savings to community members each year.
“In five years, they’ll have collectively saved over $6 million,” he marvels. “Plus, over the next decade, we’ll lesson carbon dioxide emissions by 327,000 tons.”