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Energy Efficiency Reports Find Homeowners Embracing It

Two new reports confirm the trend that homeowners are becoming more aware of energy saving opportunities and needs and are taking steps to benefit from these savings.


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Klein Tools infographic of survey results.
Survey Shows 7 in 10 Electricians Concerned About Skills Gap

Klein Tools, Lincolnshire, Ill., released the results of their annual State of the Industry survey on April 17.


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9 Ways to Retain and Reward Customers

In a time when competition and pricing pressure affect the electrical industry, it’s especially important to maintain and build your business by taking care of current customers.


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In New York, Energy Benchmarking Leads to Increased Efficiency

According to a 2016 survey conducted by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), facility managers in New York City who benchmark the energy use of their buildings are also more likely to invest in energy-saving technologies.


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Take-Home Info

Do you read the comics? Julie and her son are particular fans of “Brewster Rockit: Space Guy!” by Tim Rickard. It’s about the crew of the space station R.U. Sirius. A recent series featured engineer Cliff Clewless cheating on his digital assistants, each of which thought they were his only one.


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Apple HomeKit

Control Your Destiny: Residential Controls that ECs Need to Know

According to a 2016 industry study by Zion Research, the U.S. market for home automation systems is growing by leaps and bounds.


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Editors' Pick
Retrofit or Replace? Tubular LEDs

According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), more than 360 million troffers (named for a cross between trough and coffer) provide general lighting in commercial building interiors.


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Americans Spending Less On Power Consumption

Renewable power owes its appeal to promises such as infinite resources and zero carbon emissions. Often overlooked is the possibility of dramatically lower energy bills for the customer.


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Utility’s New Truck Reduces Emissions And Provides Power


While renewable power and efficiency are top-tier priorities for utilities in this age of energy innovation, insufficient infrastructure and power outages are an equally important concern. California utility PG&E has met this need with an innovative technology.


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DOE Innovations Win Awards


In January, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced that several of its Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) supported technologies won awards in R&D Magazine’s R&D 100 Awards, which the DOE called the “Oscars of Innovation.” A number of these technologies concern ele


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Overcurrent Protection, Kitchen Countertops And More

Jim Dollard has an extensive background in codes and standards. If you have a query about the National Electrical Code (NEC), Jim will help you solve it. Questions can be sent to codefaqs@gmail.com. Answers are based on the 2017 NEC.
 OCPD for a fire pump



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Critical Changes: Emergency and Standby Systems


Some regular National Electrical Code (NEC) users may not have noticed major changes in the 2014 and 2017 editions dealing with the emergency and standby power requirements in Article 700, Emergency Systems; Article 701, Legally Required Standby Systems; and Article 702, Optional Standby Systems.


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2017 NEC: Special Equipment Rules—Significant Changes in the 2017 NEC, Part 9


This article provides a review of more significant changes to the rules for special equipment covered in Chapter 6, Special Equipment, of the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC).
 600.2 Definitions and 600.34 
PV Powered Signs



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Milwaukee Tool offers a full line of SDS plus cordless rotary hammers.
Cool Tools: Rotary Hammers 2017

A hammer drill may be sufficient for drilling small-diameter holes in soft masonry, some metals and other materials too hard for conventional drills, but when tackling harder materials, such as concrete or cement blocks and brick, a rotary hammer is the most efficient.


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Cool Tools: Tools For Copper

Correctly preparing and connecting copper wiring in a building’s structured wiring system requires special skills and the right tools. A single faulty connection can bring down an entire network.



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Lowering Limits: Changes to Beryllium Exposure Requirements 


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a final rule modifying a 40-year-old standard pertaining to exposure to beryllium and beryllium compounds. It contains new requirements for general, construction and shipyard industries.


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Introducing the TM-30 Color Metric


Human perception of colors in their environment is dependent on light. As electric light sources have varying spectral emissions, the electrical industry relies on metrics to report, evaluate and predict how colors will appear under different light sources.


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Advertising In The Residential Service Business

Electrical contractors who have built a successful business in commercial or industrial construction are quick to offer very standard explanations as to why they never pursue residential service work.



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Productivity Is Never An Accident

Productivity improvement is more than reducing waste. Understanding how routines and environment affect our physical and mental states can help you and your employees get the work done more efficiently and accurately without spending a fortune or revamping your organization.



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The Newest Video Compression Standard Is Here

Monumental video growth continues in every sector, ranging from small business to mission critical. Surveillance cameras are part of the Internet of Things boom, morphing into smart data collectors like billions of other connected devices.


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