Darlene Bremer

Freelance Writer

Darlene Bremer, a freelance writer based in Solomons, Md., contributes frequently to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. She can be reached at 410.610.7164 and darbremer@comcast.net.

Articles by Darlene Bremer

March 2015
Rising energy costs, maturing technologies, simplified interfaces, government initiatives and utility incentives are all driving the predicted 29.5 percent compound annual growth rate of the global smart homes and buildings market, creating any number of opportunities for electrical contractors (ECs).
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March 2015
the North American geothermal market is expected to reach $147.6 million in revenue by 2017. Opportunities abound for electrical contractors to bring cost-effective heating and cooling options to their residential customers, according to market research firm Frost & Sullivan.
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February 2015
If you’re going to do a job right, you need the right tools. Today, the definition of tool goes beyond wire crimpers and multimeters. It now includes smartphones and the apps that make them crucial to a contractor’s success. The following are some of the apps that contractors could consider using.
 For Android operating systems
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January 2015
Contractors that are still putting estimates together using pencil and paper are not only wasting time and money, but they also are losing business. Contractors who think they can’t afford estimating software are just plain wrong. READ MORE
January 2015
Plug loads, according to a pilot study performed by New York-based green technology company ThinkEco Inc., make up the fastest growing end-use of electricity in the commercial sector. As the amount of electricity used by plug loads grows, it becomes increasingly important to manage it. READ MORE
December 2014
Over the last decade, the retail
 security market has undergone shifts in both approach and technology. The number of decision-­makers coming from the loss-­prevention side of the business is dwindling, and analog cameras are reaching the end of life, meaning the need for live operators is declining as well. READ MORE
November 2014
Constant advances in software and the pressing need to save money and improve operational efficiencies mean electrical contractors must frequently revisit the question of whether to upgrade their fleet, service and time-management software systems.
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November 2014
Historically, security system installations have only mandated acceptance testing as the last requirement for a project to be deemed completed. However, acceptance testing may not really ensure that the entire system is functioning property; it does not involve activities such as incident simulations and adjusting the system’s programming to account for results. READ MORE
November 2014
Energy costs and potential energy shortages are increasingly driving commercial building and industrial facility owners to find ways to use less energy for the same level of activity. READ MORE

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