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 2008
By 2010, approximately 30 million U.S. households are expected to have connected entertainment networks, according to a recent study by Parks Associates, cited by Linux Devices, a trademark of Ziff Davis Enterprise Holdings Inc., New York. READ MORE
March 2008
Electric lighting has revolutionized the way we live, work and play. According to The Need Project, lighting accounts for about 25 percent of the average home’s electric bill, while, on average, the commercial sector uses approximately 60 percent of its electricity for lighting. READ MORE
February 2008
In the name of cost-cutting—and even customer service—many companies hide behind automated phone attendants, do not train their employees, use Web sites without live customer contact information, or develop inflexible policies that fail to allow for unusual needs or allow employees to use their best judgment when necessary. According to G. READ MORE
February 2008
New advances in technology. Changes in personnel and new deployment needs of a company’s human resources. The need to improve operations, reduce energy consumption or cut costs to increase profitability. Any one, or combination, of these trends in an existing facility or building means an opportunity for electrical contractors to acquire retrofit moves, adds and changes (MAC) work. READ MORE
February 2008
Originally named St Clare College, Cardinal Stritch University was founded in 1937 in Milwaukee by the Sisters of St Francis of Assisi to offer teacher training for nuns; in 1946, the first year laywomen were admitted, it was renamed for Samuel Cardinal Stritch, after a former archbishop of Milwaukee and a friend of the order. READ MORE
January 2008
Driven by the continued escalation of energy costs and the increased awareness of the need to conserve energy, the federal government and most states are establishing energy management requirements in the construction of new buildings and industrial facilities. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has several programs and initiatives designed to aid energy management goals. READ MORE
January 2008
In addition to conserving resources, alternative energies—and the federal and state policies—relating to them offer electrical contractors many opportunities to provide their customers with new technologies and value-added services and expertise. READ MORE
October 2007
Training is the best and only way for electrical contractors and electricians to stay ahead in a world filled with changing markets, technologies and methodologies. However, training can be expensive, and it certainly is time-consuming to travel to another city to attend a seminar on new products or new techniques. READ MORE
October 2007
The convergence of light emitting diode (LED) advancements, new federal energy mandates and the development of special funding programs have given the traffic signal market a green light for growth. Historically, inexpensive but inefficient incandescent bulbs lit up traffic signals. READ MORE

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