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 2010
Electrical contractors and independent wiring companies have been installing communication wiring in homes since the use of copper lines to distribute telephone signals became standard. According to Residential Technology Services, San Antonio, Texas, the industry standard in the early 1980s was running one physical line with either one or two pairs of lines inside. READ MORE
March 2010
Until the economic collapse of 2008, the residential solar market was doubling every year, according to Don Sipes, director of solar product development for Sunovia Energy Technologies, Sarasota, Florida; however, according to Ted Campbell, senior vice president of renewable energies for Schneider Electric, Palatine, Ill., even today, residential solar is a dynamic market that is headed toward gr READ MORE
February 2010
Located on Temple Square, the Salt Lake Tabernacle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) was built between 1864 and 1875. The aluminum-covered roof was constructed in an Ithiel Town lattice-truss arch system held together by dowels and wedges, as nails were scarce in Utah at the time. The building has a sandstone foundation, and 44 sandstone piers support the dome. READ MORE
January 2010
Planning for a secure financial future is not easy, particularly in an economy that is faltering and erratic. Traditionally, financial planning has relied on yearly budgets laid out with the use of a spreadsheet-type software program. READ MORE
January 2010
Broadly speaking, an energy audit is the inspection, survey and analysis of energy use in a building, process or system. The purpose is to find energy conservation measures that, once implemented, will reduce energy costs. READ MORE
December 2009
According to the Office Building Energy Use Profile report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), space conditioning and lighting account for 70 percent of all energy consumed in a typical office building with an additional 20 percent of energy consumption used to power office equipment. READ MORE
November 2009
One of the ways a building’s energy consumption can be reduced, as part of an energy management plan, is to incorporate a heat-recovery system, which intercepts waste gases before they leave the industrial process or before they are exhausted from a building. READ MORE
November 2009
Located on Piers 59 and 60 overlooking Elliot Bay, the historic Seattle Aquarium receives about 700,000 visitors annually. In June 2007, a $41 million renovation—the first major restoration given to the older than 100-year-old building in 30 years—was completed. READ MORE
August 2009
The North Carolina State energy office reports that the typical office spends 29 percent of its electrical energy costs on lighting. Occupancy sensors can reduce these charges by 50 percent or more, at a savings of 5 to 20 cents per square foot. Additional applications for occupancy sensors include increased security and reduced light pollution. READ MORE