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With the growth in the market for the interconnected, electronic smart home, to the care and attention needing to be paid to retrofits of aging houses, there’s never a shortage of information in the residential market. Below you’ll find the residential articles from ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, covering the full residential spectrum. 

According to an employment report, released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics on August 4, the construction industry added 6,000 new positions (seasonally adjusted) in July.

According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department, U.S. housing starts fell back 4.8 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.16 million units.

Quadrant Homes, a homebuilder based in Bellevue, Wash. serving the Seattle area, announced on June 6 via their website that they will begin offering smart home features as standard in all new Quadrant homes.

For electrical contractors 
specializing in bread-and-butter residential projects, such as changing out light switches and adding receptacles, the proliferation of the Internet of Things offers both challenges and opportunities.

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A Big Idea for Small Houses

Tiny houses are having their moment. They have their own television shows, magazines and festivals around the country. Enthusiasts call it a movement toward a simpler and freer way of life.


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Apple HomeKit

Control Your Destiny: Residential Controls that ECs Need to Know

According to a 2016 industry study by Zion Research, the U.S. market for home automation systems is growing by leaps and bounds.


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Energy Efficiency Reports Find Homeowners Embracing It

Two new reports confirm the trend that homeowners are becoming more aware of energy saving opportunities and needs and are taking steps to benefit from these savings.


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Real Estate Listings Now Include Solar Scores


The digital age is all about information. Two firms that are a product of that movement now provide consumers with a key piece of information about solar energy when they look to buy a home.



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Residential Electricity Prices Declining


Residential electricity prices in the United States were set to decline in 2016 for the first time since 2002, according to the Oct. 6, 2016 “Today in Energy” report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA). 



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At Your Service: Tips for residential 
service/maintenance success

With more than 100 million homes 
in the United States, the residential service/maintenance market offers electrical contractors a broad spectrum of opportunities.


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High Density: SBE Contracting and the Multifamily Housing Boom in Anaheim

In Southern California, large multifamily residential projects are growing vertically—in towers, high rises and other multibuilding complexes. Orange County electrical contractor SBE Contracting (formerly Stout and Burg) is front and center of this movement.




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