Summer is heating up, and renowned Texas real estate developer Marcus Hiles is back with four simple tricks that will enable residents of both apartments and single family homes to dramatically reduce their energy bills. Hiles is Chairman and CEO of Western Rim Property Services and employs each energy saving technique in the apartments and homes he builds. First, he suggests installing windows with a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.22 to 0.24. The Cascade Low E Argon Gas Win Pro Series is a great option. Because of heat transfer, older windows from the 1980s can lose up to 100 times more energy than fully insulated solid walls. “While older casements, transoms, and sliders are beautiful, having the newest windows and frames prevents air and energy leakage, cutting your heat loss by 75 percent,” Hiles says.

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