Darlene Bremer

Freelance Writer

Darlene Bremer, a freelance writer based in Solomons, Md., contributes frequently to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. She can be reached at 410.394.6966 and darbremer@comcast.net.

Articles by Darlene Bremer

March 2011
Gone are the days when home security systems were labor-intensive to install and provided no safety or security if the homeowner forgot to set the alarm. Modern systems provide new levels of controls, accessibility and connection and provide electrical contractors another avenue to expand their offerings. READ MORE
March 2011
Humans have taken advantage of geothermal heat since the Paleolithic era. In recent years, it has become a stronger trend. In 2007, 28 gigawatts (GW) of geothermal heating capacity was installed around the world, satisfying 0.07 percent of global primary energy consumption. READ MORE
February 2011
Companies in the security systems services industry sell, install and monitor commercial and residential electronic security systems. According to First Research, Raleigh, N.C., the 50 largest companies in the industry generate about 60 percent of the revenue. Electrical contractors will have many opportunities in the years ahead. The Homeland Security Research Corp. READ MORE
February 2011
Buildings and their individual systems—electrical, lighting, mechanical, communication, security, and fire and life safety—are becoming increasingly sophisticated, and the demand to integrate these systems for improved building operation and energy management is growing. READ MORE
January 2011
As the building industry has improved the energy-efficient performance of equipment, it has become apparent that effective commissioning and maintenance of building systems and equipment is needed. READ MORE
December 2010
The interest in and, in some cases, the mandated requirement of implementing sustainable building practices is becoming a worldwide phenomenon. READ MORE
November 2010
A power quality problem, according to the Power Quality Service Center, Portland, Ore., is defined as any deviation of electricity applied to the equipment that results in damage or misoperation of electronic equipment or other electrical devices. READ MORE
November 2010
The recession increased competition for fewer construction jobs, resulting in the need for the projects that have been won to be managed as tightly as possible. By now, however, company budgets may be loosening, and it might be a good time for electrical contractors to begin examining the latest construction management software choices. READ MORE
October 2010
Those who adapt to changing conditions survive, and those who don’t adapt don’t survive. That concept applies to species of animals and businesses and has been more evident as the recent economic recession continues to take its toll. READ MORE