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

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
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
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
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
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
September 2007
Integrated Buidling Systems(IBS) interconnects multiple building systems or subsystems into a single user interface and represents a tremendous growth opportunity for electrical contractors. The trick is to demonstrate to building owners that the electrical contractor is the best source to deliver this highly sophisticated energy- and cost-saving technology. READ MORE
September 2007
With a huge chunk of the work force approaching retirement, along with volatile economic markets and increased global competition, identifying and supporting talented employees for future leadership roles is vital. READ MORE

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